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.
The Various forms of Cro-ton are among the most popular of leaf plants, and as most of them do well in rooms and cool greenhouses, they are well suited to a large class of our readers. It is hard to tell whether they are distinct species or mostly mere varieties; but this is of no importance to the lover of plants who desires only distinct beauty. For the introduction of the present pretty kind, which has been named after the celebrated English Premier, Europe is indebted to Messrs. Jas. Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, England, who give the following description of it:
" We are indebted to the kindness of A. H. C. Macafee, Esq., of Sidney, N. S. S. W., for this most distinct addition to this popular class of foliage plants. It possesses a new feature of great interest in the trilobate form of its leaves, the middle lobe being greatly elongated, with a broader expansion near the extremity; the two lateral ones comparatively short, of unequal size and length, and expanding from the mid-rib at about one-third of its length from the base. The coloring of the foliage is rich and varied. In the newer leaves the mid-rib and margin are of a light yellow, with the light green blade blotched and marked with the same color; as the foliage becomes older the yellow subsides to a bright orange yellow, the marginal line becoming more defined, and the markings enlarged; in the mature leaves the margin is a bright scarlet, and the mid-rib is striped by a band of the same bright color between two lines of a deep golden yellow, and the blotchings and markings a rich orange yellow, upon a deep green ground".
Texas, writes: " Several years ago a friend, Mrs, S. S. Thomas, of Carbon Cliff, III., sent me a few seeds, which she reported as a Chinese plant seed, sent home by a Consul. Chinese name, 'Boo-Yong.' I grew one plant - I have it now blooming in my grounds - I call it a Hibiscus. I have propagated it both from cuttings and seed. The plant grows ten or more feet in height; five.