This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V25", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"J. W.," Houston, Texas, writes: "I enclose a small branch of a plant I found in a garden here, said to have come from Havana. Will you please name it through the Gardeners' Monthly. The plant is not hardy here; gets killed to the ground by the first white frost, but would be apparently shrubby. The petals are very curiously incurved and wrinkled; it has somewhat the appearance of Lythraceae, but I have no works to refer to."
[The reference to Lythraceae is correct. It is the Lawsonia inermis, and is the Henna plant of the Egyptians, and is known to have been a favorite with them for possibly three thousand years. They make from it a dye with which to stain the points of their fingers a pretty pink. We have an impression that the plant, from its fragrance, is known in some part of the South as the "Mignonette bush" or "tree." - Ed. G. M.]