A genus of tall, stately, herbaceous, ornamental-leaved plants with terminal panicles of inconspicuous flowers; an excellent plant for giving subtropical effects in conjunction with other large-leaved plants, or as single specimens on the lawn. To grow their handsome cordate leaves to their full size requires a deep, rich soil and abundance of water. Bocconia cordata (from Japan), Bocconia frutescens (from Mexico) and Bocconia inte-grifolia (a native of Peru) will be found the best species for growing in this latitude.
Propagate by taking up, in early Spring, the young suckers which form about the roots, and planting them in nursery rows until the following season. They are also easily propagated by seeds sown in Spring in a sheltered spot in the open border; cover the seeds to the depth of one-quarter of an inch.