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.
A genus differing in its shrubby habit and some other particulars from all other plants of this family, and by some authors separated from it, and considered, with the genus Lapageria, as forming a distinct family near the Smilacineae. The genus is distinguished by its shrubby not-climbing habit, penninerved leaves, the three outer leaves of the perianth very much smaller than the inner, and monadelphous stamens. The name is from the Greek lovely.
1. Ph. buxifolia. The only species known, a dwarf shrub with small leaves and large bell-shaped drooping flowers of a beautiful bright red. Native of South America from Valdivia to the Straits of Magelhaen. Hardy in the vicinity of the sea in the souith-western counties of England.
Lapageria rosea, from the same region, is perhaps not quite so hardy. This handsome climber has 5-nerved leaves and large fleshy campanulate deep rose or white flowers.
Messrs. Veitch, of Chelsea, have recently succeeded in raising a hybrid between the two foregoing plants, possessing some of the characters peculiar to each of the parents. Dr. Masters has named this hybrid Philageria Veitchii, and observes that it is hardly equal in point of beauty to either of its progenitors.