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.
In reference to another article in the December number, on Caladium esculentum growing wild in Florida, I would remark that this plant under the name of Tanyah, is extensively cultivated in this State, and especialty along the seaboard. I have seen great quantities of it growing, and planted it myself, for many years as a garden vegetable. I have never known it to mature seed: and, without knowing the fact, I doubt if it seeds in Florida. It is always propagated by taking off the small tubers which grow attached to the larger, and I think it most probable that it strayed off by means of these small tubers, which are always taken off when the vegetable is prepared for boiling. Or some person may have purposely carried the tubers and planted them out where they were found.