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.
Fishkill, N. Y., writes :"Mr. John Pettie, a gardener of the first water, told me a few weeks since that the Aspidistra lurida variegata was a hardy plant, and should be used in the herbaceous border. He states that he has tried it at the Kelly Gardens, at Rhinebeck, N. Y., and that it proved hardy then; and also states it has stood out in England, and went through the winter finely. We have always grown this as a stove or warm greenhouse plant, and supposed it was tender. Do you know of another instance of its standing the winter in the herbaceous border in this country. If it has not been published, would it not be well to state the fact through your journal".