This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, elegant, from the pleasing flowers). Composite. Attractive hardy flower-garden annual.
A small, branchy plant, 6-12 in. high, with blue or red aster-like flowers, on long stems: plant pubescent or hispid: leaves oblong-spatulate or oblong-lanceolate, entire or remotely denticulate: heads many-flowered, radiate, the ray-flowers pistillate, the disk-flowers perfect: achene obovate and compressed, those of the disk with plumose pappus: involucre scales in 2 rows. - One species, in the W. Cape region. Known as Kaul-fussia in gardens. The genus Kaulfussia was founded by Nees in 1820; in 1817, however, the plant was described by Cassini as Charieis heterophylla.
Cass. (C.Neesii, Hort. Kaulfussia amelloldes, Nees). Figs. 898, 899. Rays blue, disk yellow or blue. An excellent subject of easy cult, in any garden soil. variety atroviolacea, Hort., has dark violet flowers variety kermesina, Hort., has violet-red flowers Sow seeds where the plants are to grow; or they may be started indoors and the plants transplanted to the open. L. H. B.
Fig. 898. Charieis heterophylla. (XI)
Fig. 899. Charieis heterophylla.