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.
The great merits of the Australian crotons as plants adapted to American summer gardening, leads us to welcome every new addition to the list. Our flower gardens are now rich with Coleus, Geraniums and so forth, borrowed chiefly from the gardens of Europe. We might just as well have a distinctively American style, made up of plants which will look just as well as those used in Europe, but which will much better stand our summer suns. Of such plants these various crotons are excellent representatives.
This species was introduced to cultivation by the well known firm of Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, London, who give us the following account of it: "An elegant variety kindly sent to us by Sir William Macarthur, of Camden Park, near Sydney, New South Wales. The plant is of very light and pleasing aspect. The leaves are narrowly lanceolate, gracefully arching and variable, some with interruptions, others with the blade spirally twisted two or three times round the midrib at the middle, others again crisped and undulated. In color they are deep olive green, variegated with straw yellow, which is constant. It is one of the best of crotons for table decoration. We have much pleasure in dedicating this elegant plant to Monsieur Peter Sinitzin, an accomplished Russian amateur".