This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
This also, as far as at present known, is a monotypic genus. It is a tree of moderate size with very large opposite ovate-cordate deciduous leaves clothed with a greyish woolly tomen-tum, and terminal panicles of purplish-violet spotted fragrant flowers. It has been referred to Bignoniaceae, but the 4 stamens, albuminous, though winged, seeds, etc., seem to indicate its position in this order. The genus was named in honour of a Russian princess.
1. P. imperialis (fig. 187). - This is a distinct hardy fast-growing tree, but in consequence of the flowers being formed in the Autumn preceding the Spring when they should expand, they are often destroyed by frost. It is a native of Japan.
Scrophularia, Fig-wort, is a genus of tall leafy herbs with terminal narrow cymose panicles of dull-coloured flowers. Two species are common in wet places in this country.
Fig. 187. Paulownia imperialis. (1/4 nat. size.)