This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Our country is so full of interesting aquatics of which little use has been made, that it is doubtful whether any new kinds will be thought desirable. It may be different some day, and then the following described plant which we find in the Garden may be worth introducing: " It is an interesting fact in connection with a large number of aquatic plants that their foliage is cut or divided into numerous fine segments. Some noticeable examples of this in our native plants are the Water Violet, Hottonia palustris, and the Spiked Myriophyll (Myrio-phyllum spicatum), the "Water Crowfoots (Ranunculi), and others. There are none, however, that excel in beauty and delicately-cut foliage this pretty exotic, which may be seen in the Water Lily House at Kew. The plant is wholly submerged except a few inches of each shoot, which is furnished with whorls of finely cut pectinate or comb-like foliage, very similar to that of a Neptunia or the plants just named. The pleasing emerald-green of the leaves considerably enhances the beauty of the plant, and more particularly so at the time we saw it, when the delicate azure-blue flowers of Nymphsea stel-lata were springing up amongst its elegant feathery foliage.
It belongs to the Figwort family, and is a native of Brazil".