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.
A charming stove plant, in habit resembling H. rosa sinensis, recently imported from the South Sea Islands. It has stalked ovate obscurely three lobed leaves which are deeply toothed, and very large fowers, nearly five inches across, with broad and slightly undulated petals, forming a full round flower, of perfect shape, and of a rich soft carmine-rose with a deep crimson eye. The staminal column is very prominent, and adds much to the beauty of the flowers, the column being of a rosy hue, the numerous stamens bright yellow, and the five stigmas a rich velvety crimson.