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.
This, by far the most handsome of all the Tovarias or Smilacinas yet introduced to cultivation, is now in flower in the herbaceous grounds at Kew. It approaches in habit the well-known T. racemosa, being about two feet in height, and the stems arch in the same graceful manner. The flowers are borne in broad racemes (about four inches across) at the apex of the stems, each individual being a half inch across, and produced in large numbers.
They are of a pure white color, which contrasts agreeably with the purplish color of the stem and flower-stalks. It lasts a long time in good condition. It is quite a recent introduction, having been sent to Kew from high elevations in temperate Sikkim; therefore it is quite hardy in this country. - Gardm.