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.
"Subscriber," Frankford, Pa., writes: "It is claimed by a large and reliable florist that there is but one kind of smilax in cultivation, that any variation in size of leaf, etc, is owing entirely to treatment. Two other florists claim to have two varieties, and one, three, viz: five leaf, medium, and extra large, all under same treatment. Can you settle this point in the next number of the Monthly?"
[The so-called "smilax" of the florists is usually raised from seed, and all plants have a natural tendency to variation. There is no reason why there may not be varieties of these, under this law, but we do not know of any recognized distinct form in the trade. - Ed. G. M].