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.
This beautiful foliage plant is now in some choice collections, but not as common as its merits deserve it should be. Plants that are easily grown and adapted to decoration are much sought for, and for this the one here illustrated is particularly well adapted.
It was introduced to culture a few years ago by the enterprising firm of B. S. Williams & Son, of Upper Holloway, London, who thus speak of it:
"This very elegant plant will be a valuable addition to a class much in request for table decoration; it is of medium growth, and when about twelve or eighteen inches in height its elegance can scarcely be surpassed. The stem is smooth and slender, slightly mottled with brown, the leaves are alternate, and the leaflets deeply cut or laciniated, of a light or pleasing green color. Native of the South Sea Islands".