This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"Please let me know, through the Gardener's Monthly, the botanical family and native place of the water plant called by the gardeners "Aponegeton distachyon."
A [native of Cape of Good Hope, and, let us say, one of the most interesting flowers to have, and one of the easist to cultivate. Last year we had a flower given to us by Mr. W. T. Foust, of Philadelphia, from a plant that was raised simply in a tub of water - it being an aquatic. It is of the natural order Juncaginaceae. The white flowers are curiously formed, but the indescribably sweet odor is its chief charm. It would, we think, be hardy in any water where the ice did not reach the bottom. - Ed. G. M.]