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.
Tropical malvaceous shrubs are particularly well adapted to American gardens. They like our summer heats, and flower the whole summer long. The genus Pavonia has much in common with Hibiscus, Althaea and other well-known plants of our gardens. Indeed there is one very pretty summer bloomer, a small shrub, of the same genus, Pavonia Wrightii, under culture though not as well known. The species here illustrated is remarkable for its large colored bracts. In P. Wrightii these are small and green. Here they are so large as, in the picture, to look almost like a proper calyx. It was introduced to cultivation by Mr. Bull, of Chelsea, London, England, who says of it: "A handsome free-blooming plant of erect growth, with oblong-lanceolate coriaceous leaves; it belongs to the Malvaceae, and has been imported from Brazil. Its corymbs of flowers are peculiarly attractive from the bracteoles being large, and of a bright rosy carmine color, forming a striking contrast with the dark purple corolla. The plant is extremely floriferous, and the blossoms remain a long time in perfection".