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.
I enclose you a leaf of a white collard which I have for years been trying to perfect. I was first attracted by a few plants of light green with white veins, by sowing seed from the whitest every year. I last year had a large bed beautifully mottled with white and green, and this year they are almost snow white, only a fringe of green on the edges, but a drove of cattle broke into my garden and before they could be got out, ate up all but four heads. It may be a common thing, but I have never seen them before. They are certainly collards, large, loose leaves, and no sign of a head.
[Mr. P. J. Berekmans has kindly handed this to us for publication. The leaf sent was of the well known class of cabbage popular as collards in the South. The leaf was pure white, but for a half inch round the edge it was beautifully fringed with green.
The point of scientific interest is that this class of variegation can be reproduced from seeds. There is no reason why not, for our knowledge of these possibilities has widened wonderfully of late years. It is now known that golden leaved plants, and blood leaved plants have hereditary characters, as also have weeping trees, fastigiate trees, and trees with other peculiarities. But these classes of colored leaves and trees with peculiar habits are not regarded as diseased forms, as those with white variegations are. Indeed the blood leaved Beech is a much more healthy and vigorous grower, than the normal green leaved form. So far as we know this is the first time that it has been positively known that a race of white variegated leaved plants could be perpetuated from seed.
Apart from this, the variety would have a beautiful effect on many classes of ornamental gardening. - Ed. G. M].