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.
In a description of this plant given in the Botanical Magazine, No. 285, Dr. Hooker says: " By far the handsomest species of the genus hitherto imported, and certainly one of the most beautiful hardy plants in cultivation; the deep purple red of the stems and branches, passing into the crimson purple of the glorious broad corymbs of flowers, contrasts more exquisitely with the foliage, which in autumn assumes beautiful tints of brown and golden yellow." It is a native of Japan, and was discovered and introduced by Mr. Fortune.- W. Bull.