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.
Jonathan Primrose writes: "Desirous of learning the botanical name of a grass that has been growing in our garden throughout the season, I have taken the liberty of sending you a few of its flower spikes to examine. Although much injured by frost, I hope you may be able to distinguish them. The roots were obtained of a gardener in Springfield, who considered it to be quite rare. It has attained a height of more than ten feet, and has dark green leaves, of which some are thirty inches long, and one and one half inches wide in centre. In appearance it is very attractive. If you will please examine and answer through the columns of your valuable monthly, you will confer a great favor to one of its firmest friends."
[Pennisetum latifolium, - it may be in some lists under a synonym - Gymnothrix latifolium. - Ed. G. M.]