This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardener's Chronicle says :
"The dwarf habit and free-flowering character possessed by the newer Abutilons, render them very useful for various decorative purposes. One of the most attractive varieties combining beauty of foliage with a profusion of flowers, is A. tesselatum Darwinii. The foliage is richly marked and is of itself highly ornamental, and flowers are freely produced when the plants are only a few inches high. This A butilon will prove valuable for stove decoration during the Winter, and for greenhouse, conservatory, and flower garden ornamentation during the Summer. It strikes readily, grows freely, and flowers profusely at all periods of the year".