This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Philadelphia correspondent says: "Do you know of Asperula odorata (Mijsike, fifth order or class) ? As a running vine, growing fifteen to twenty feet high, similar to smilax, having a rough stem edged four or six square, narrow green cut foliage, of a glossy appearance. When cut, and it begins to wilt, it emits a delightful fragrance, sweeter than new mown hay, which remains fragrant all winter. A friend says it is bound to supersede smilax; it grows wild in the forests of Sweden. If you can give us any information in regard to it, you will oblige".
[Asperula odorata is the sweet-scented wood-ruffe of the florists. It is a low herbaceous plant, seldom getting more than six inches high. It belongs to the natural order Rubiaceae, and is very near to Galium.
A sample of the precious seeds was placed before the editor, and was examined by him with a lens, and he has no hesitation in saying they belonged to some Caryophyllaceous plants - the order to which pinks and catch-Ays belong to, and which, so far as he remembers, contains no climbing plants. - Ed. G. M].