This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A fine foliage plant about 10 ft. high from the mountains of New Granada, with large elliptic heart-shaped leaves covered with softish hairs and of a ruddy brown tint. It is chiefty useful for subtropical gardening in summer, and may be grown in any ordinary good garden soil. Seeds are sown in heat in February or March, and soon germinate. The young plants are pricked out into boxes or small pots, and are sold in May and June with other bedding stuff after being hardened off.