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.
Last Summer was the first I ever saw the Cardinal flower under cultivation. The ground was made very rich, while there was a Caladium escu-lentum in the back ground, so it had plenty of water. In its native state it has some three or four inches of leaves on a single spike at a time, but this more than doubled it, and as the flowers withered below, it threw out side branches which flowered, so it had flowers below and above at the same time, and kept in bloom over a month. While it has not the delicate beauty of the Purple Fringe Orchis, is not gay like the Rhododendron, graceful like the Deutzia, nor sweet like the Pink, it shows its color well. They are easily transplanted after forcing.