This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Perhaps not really new - certainly not to botanists - but assuredly so to most gardens, is Senecio cruentus of De Candolle, a stately greenhouse composite of Cineraria-like habit, sent to me by Mr Smith, manager of Messrs Roger, M'Clelland, & Co.'s nurseries at Newry, Ireland, who raised it from imported seeds received by him under the name of Doronicum papyraceum. It is a charming plant of robust habit, and a most profuse bloomer, each branched stem being surmounted by clusters of flowers each individually as large as a sixpence, having a deep purple disc and delicate lilac ray florets. Although somewhat resembling a stately Cineraria in fort and flower, this plant has an advantage which many cultivators will appreciate. Seedlings raised in the spring in gentle heat may be pricked into small pots, planted out in June, and finally be dug up and repotted for blooming in the conservatory during January and February. Either for decoration, or for the supply of cut-flowers at this season, it will be both useful and ornamental.