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 correspondent of the Journal des Roses says that in 1862 it was noted by M. Rapin, growing in the garden of M. Chateau at Montauban ; and he was given grafts from it. M. Pradel had sent the plant to M. Chateau, in place of one in the invoice that was missing. A flower from Rapin's plant was exhibited about that time, and received the name of Marechal Niel, in compliment to that General who had recently presided at the opening of a botanic garden in the vicinity, and a medal was awarded to M. Pradel as the originator of such a beauty, although, it appears, wholly by accident. It was placed in the market by Pradel the younger, and Verdier in 1863.