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.
I noticed a query as to this plant being in cultivation in this country. We had a plant of over one hundred fine heads of bloom last winter, and any of those heads of flowers would perfume a large greenhouse. This plant has been planted in the Camellia house for three years. There must be quite a number of plants in the country, for I have sold them to people from New York to San Francisco. It will always be a high priced plant, being difficult to propagate, and still more difficult to import from Europe. We imported it three times before we obtained it alive. The Luculia is not a good pot plant, but is of easy cultivation planted out in a cool greenhouse. It requires an abundance of water, both overhead and to the roots when growing, and to be kept free from insects, which are very fond of its large, succulent foliage.