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.
Most of us can remember when Abutilon striatum was introduced and how much it was welcomed to greenhouse collections. Since then, other species have been introduced, and between them hybrids and crosses have been raised, until we are no longer merely thankful for what we can get, but are fastidious in our choice as to what will please-us. Most of the older varieties like the original favorite referred to, have a lank, straggling growth, and improvers have kept a dense streaky habit in view when selecting seedlings. Of the most successful of these efforts is Mr. B. S. Williams of Upper Holloway, London, who sends out Abutilon rosaeflorum, and which is thus described:
"A garden hybrid raised in this establishment, the result of a cross between A. Darwinii and A. Boule de Neige; it has the dwarf free branching habit of the first-named parent, and the fine bold well-shaped flower of the second; the blossoms are produced in great profusion, and are rosy pink, shaded and veined with a richer tint of the same color." Abutilons, generally, are among the most useful of winter blooming plants, flowering freely, and being of easy culture.