This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Edward C. Haines says: - "In looking over my abutilons to-day, I was surprised by finding on a year old plant named Robt. George, a double flower composed of eight petals; ordinarily they have but five. I have frequently found two flowers attached to one stem, but have never seen or heard of a double abutilon before. Thinking it might be of interest to you, I send the flower and also single one of the same variety."
[We have not before heard of a double Abuti Ion, though from analogy with the hollyhock, althaea and other malvaceous plants, such might be looked for. A singularity in this is the increase of petals comes in the regular petalifer-ous whorl, and not from a change of stamens to petals as in the other cases cited. - Ed. G. M.]