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.
What is known in the cut flower trade as "Smilax" is so popular that the following note of a neighboring novelty from the Gardener's Chronicle, will prove interesting.
"An extremely elegant species of Asparagus, rather widely distributed at the Cape and in Natal, from which latter province it was introduced to the nurseries of Messrs eitch by Mr. Mudd. It is a climbing under-shrub, with very numerous, slender, glabrous green spreading branches. The true leaves are in the form of minute deltoid scales with an acute ultimately reflexed point. The cladodes, or false leaves, are grouped in tufts, each one is from one-eighth to one-quarter inch long, bristle-shaped, and finely pointed. The elegance of its finely-cut false leaves rivalling or even excelling the most delicately cut Fern, will render this plant a great favorite, and for decorative purposes, bouquets, etc, it will have the advantage of greater persistence than Ferns. - M. T. M.