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.
This new species was first exhibited in this country by its introducers, Messrs. Froebel & Co., of Zurich, on August 4th, 1875 (see The Garden, Vol. VIII., p. 121), when it received a first-class certificate. In habit it is quite distinct from all others, having large obliquely cordate, hairy leaves, hoary beneath, and very variable in size, the largest being 6 to 12 inches in length, and from 3 to 8 inches in width. It has crimson-scarlet flowers, which are borne in erect panicles from 10 to 15 inches in height. The male flowers are four-petaled and nearly 2 inches in diameter, while the female flowers are five-petaled, and about 1 or l 1/2 inches in diameter. The peduncles themselves are of a bright red color spotted with crimson. This species has been used with success for bedding purposes on the Continent. It is a welcome addition to our hardy tuberous-rooted species, and will be invaluable to the hybridiser, the panicles of vivid flowers being borne well up above the tufted radical leaves on separate stems, as in B. Veitchii or B. rosaeflora, only we have here many-flowered branched panicles instead of a, few-flowered scapes.
This, one of Mr Roezl's discoveries on the Andes of Ecuador, where it luxuriates at altitudes varying from 8,000 to 10,000 feet, or in a temperature where the Strawberry seems perfectly at home, is well figured in the January number of the Illustrirte Garten-Zeitung, t. 1. We believe Mr. B. S. Williams has made arrangements to distribute it in this country.- B., in London Garden.