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.
This new and beautiful species, which has been introduced into the market by M. Charles Huber, nurseryman at Nice Maritime Alps), was discovered in the district of Tepic, in Mexico, by M. Roezl, who sent the seeds to M. Ortgies. The first sowing was made by M. Charles Huber in August, 1875. The plant forms a soft-wooded, very vigorous shrub, often growing to the height of 3 ft., or even more. The flowers are extremely abundant; they are covered all over with light down, and are slightly gibbous, or slipper-shaped. From its vigor, the abundance of its bloom, and the length of time it keeps in flower, the Cuphea Roezli will be much sought after for the ornamentation of cold greenhouses in the climate of Paris, and for gardens in the open air in the south of France. If grown properly, there is no doubt that this plant will soon be common in our markets. Planted in good time in the open air, in a well sheltered and sunny position, the Cuphea Roezli, which a very free flowering plant, will begin to bloom in the course of the Summer, and continue to do so without interruption right into the"Winter. The plants, however, must be well protected from frost.
This species of Cuphea may, according to circumstances, be cultivated as a biennial by leaving the plants in the open air, as is already done in the case of several greenhouse plants, such as Pelargoniums, or it may be looked on as a greenhouse plant proper, and re-potted and pruned in the spring according to the purposes for which we intend it. - Garden.