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.
(to adorn, Greek, having regard to the attractive flowers). Scrophularidceae. Low and slender herbs, mostly annual, one of which is recently grown in flower-gardens.
Leaves usually opposite: flowers mostly violet or rose-color in general effect, in racemes or fascicles at the end of the stem or branches; calyx 5-parted or -lobed; corolla-tube very short or none; limb 2-lipped, the upper lip 2-lobed and lower 3-lobed, all the lobes being broad and flat, 2 of the fauces being projected into spurs; stamens 4, didynamous; style filiform: fruit a globose or elongated dehiscent many-seeded caps. - Probably 25 or more species in S. Africa
Barberae, Hook. f. Fig. 1255. Annual: stem erect, 1-1 1/2 ft., square, green and glabrous: leaves ovate, blunt, obtusely serrate, petioled or the upper ones sessile: flowers several to many in an erect terminal raceme, on slender glandular pedicels; calyx deeply 5-lobed; corolla 2/3in. across, rose-pink with yellow green-dotted spot in throat, the 2 upper lobes small and nearly orbicular, the lateral twice larger, and the lower one much larger and obscurely 4-angled , the spurs cylindric and about as long as lower lobe; filaments glandular. B.M. 5933. Gt. 50, p. 639. - A very attractive little plant, of simple cultural requirements, blooming freely in summer. It also makes a good pot-plant for indoor use. Half-hardy annual. Pink and orange shades are advertised. L. H. b.