This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Anthyllis Tetraphylla. Four-Leaved Ladies-Finger.
Calyx ventricosus. Legumen subrotundum, tectum.
ANTHYLLIS tetraphylla herbacea, foliis quaterno-pinnatis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 25. Hort. Kew. vol. 3. p. 25.
LOTUS pentaphyllos vesicaria. Bauh. Pin. 332.
TRIFOLIUM halicacabum. Cam. Hort. 171. t. 47.
An annual; the spontaneous growth of Spain, Italy, and Sicily, flowers in the open border in July, and ripens its seeds, in September.
Long since cultivated in our gardens, but more as a rare, or curious, than a beautiful plant.
Its seeds are to be sown in April, on a bed of light earth, where they are to remain; no other care is necessary than thinning them, and keeping them clear of weeds.