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.
Among the native plants of New Jersey, and we have some very fine ones, few if any present better claims than the Helonias. The leaves alone are quite ornamental, and the flowers, with their delicate light purple shade, are very showy, the blue anthers on exserted stamens giving something of a blue shading to the whole flower at a little distance, and they are quite fragrant. I have not tried to cultivate it on dry soil, but Josiah Hoopes, I think, has succeeded well with it. I have transferred it from one swamp to another, and even when in full bloom it does not seem to suffer at all from the removal.