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.
The world has, after years of experiments, not yet found the antidote or the cure of the phylloxera. Has it been more successful with that other pest, the bed bugs, that treacherous race which attacks men, women and children when asleep? Hardly. So it may be worth while to record here the latest remedy discovered.
It is an herb called in German, Pfefferkraut or Pepperherb, in French, Passerrage or Rage-soother. A person had spread the leaves of this plant in his room, and returning after a few days' absence, found them densely covered with bed bugs so that they looked like coral, and all the bugs dead excepting a few, which, however, were so weak that he had no difficulty in taking them in his fingers and executing them that way. All this we learn from a German paper. The trouble now is what plant is meant.
Looking closely into it we find that the Passer-age of France is our garden cress or Lepidium sativum, but the Peppergrass of Germany is Lepidium latifolium, the broad-leaved cress. The French call it Passerage because it is said to cure the hydrophobia.
Looking still more closely into it we find that in other parts of Germany they call Peppergrass Saturega hortensis, and also that in that country Lepidium ruderale, going by the euphonious name of Stinkcress, is also said to destroy bugs and fleas.
The readers of the Gardener's Monthly justly supposed to be lovers of science and phil-antropists at the same time, are therefore requested to experiment and - with the editor's leave - to compare notes until the true remedy be found.
We beg to mention here that in addition to the Lepidias and Saturega named above, there are further the following Lepidias: L. campestre, draba, and iberis. Beside those that are unknown to the writer. Give the Lepidias a trial.