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.
Teosinte Reana luxurians Messrs. Vil morin, of Paris, give? the following account of a new grass, which may be worth looking after by our Southern agriculturists:"Much has been spoken lately in the agricultural and horticultural papers of this gigantic graminaea, both as an ornamental as well as a forage plant. It is a native of Central America; perennial in hot climates, it will not stand our Winters; resembles Indian Corn in aspect and vegetation, but produces a great number of shoots, growing 3 to 4 yards high, thickly covered with leaves, and yielding such an abundance of forage, that one plant is estimated to be sufficient to feed a pair of cattle for twenty-four hours. In our northern countries it is doubtful whether it will be available for forage, but it will certainly find its place in large gardens as a decorative plant, for sown in Spring in pots and planted in May in the open ground, it will produce a mass of shoots forming a large bunch of more than a yard in diameter by three yards in height".