This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It may be good news for many of your readers who are not possessed of ponds or tanks suitable for growing this delicious-ly sweet-scented plant, recently described and figured in The Garden, that water is by no means necessary in which to grow and flower it successfully. When visiting the experimental department of the Jardin desPlantes at Paris recently, I was shown, in one of the greenhouses, by M Carriere, a pot containing a plant of the Apono-geton covered with its curious pure white distichous flowers, but destitute of foliage, and showing a large number of flower buds protruding from the crown of the plant, which promised a long succession of bloom. The house was quite filled with the delicate perfume exhaled from the numerous blooms - a perfume which much resembles that of the Winter Heliotrope (Tussilago fragrans). M. Carriere informed me that he grew the plant in rough lumps of peat mould, mingled with potsherds, which were also scattered thickly on the surface of the pot. I may add that 1 have never seen half so many blooms open at one and the same time on any plant growing in the water as were in full perfection on this potted plant.
A more charming or sweet-scented plant for window or room culture could not well be discovered than the Aponogetou distachyon thus grown in a pot. - W. E. G., in Garden.