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. John G. Eisele, of Philadelphia, sends a specimen for name, which proves to be this plant. It was first introduced from the West India Islands about one hundred years ago, but seems to have been lost to culture; but now, when white fragrant flowers for fall and winter are popular, it may be regarded as a good re-introduction. The habit of the plant is as the common Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, but the flower has a tube three or four inches long, and the white, waxy limb of the corolla is nearly an inch across and sweet-scented.
John G. Eisele says: "After several weeks' observation of the scarce plant, Isotoma longiflora, in its blooming state under our own treatment, we are satisfied that this plant promises to become a real treasure for the florist. The plants commenced to send up flowers about four weeks ago, delicious, fragrant, pure white, unique in form, and freely, always developing numerous new buds promising to bloom all the winter.
As you had the kindness to find for us the proper name, etc., of this plant, we think it will be interesting to you to know how it will turn out, and how it will become suitable for florists' use. We are satisfied that the flowers are as useful for designs as those of Stephanotis, which they somewhat resemble.
Easy culture and rapid growth in addition make this plant worthy to be recommended. If you think it worthy to mention in the Gardener's Monthly, we would beg you to put in a few words about it.
[We have already anticipated the suggestion of our correspondent. For a sweet, white, easily grown winter bloomer, we fancy few things will excel it in value. - Ed. G. M.]