The Leschenaultia is a genus of greenhouse plants which are also natives of New Holland, and though unsurpassed either as decorative plants or as specimens for exhibitions, they are very rarely seen in either capacity. They have generally been considered somewhat difficult to cultivate, and no doubt it does require a good deal of care to keep them in health; still they are not a bit more difficult to grow than many plants which are more generally cultivated. They are liable to suffer from a close damp atmosphere, or from over - watering, and should therefore be grown in a well-ventilated structure, and pretty near the glass, and good drainage secured to them. A winter temperature of between 40° and 45° will suit them, and they should be aired on all possible occasions. A slight shading may be found necessary during the hottest summer months.

They are propagated by cuttings taken from the points of the young shoots, and treated in the way usually done with plants of this class - viz., under a bell-glass in a slight bottom-heat, and potted off, as soon as struck, into thumb-pots. They should be grown in pure peat with plenty of fibre in it, a good admixture of silver sand being added; potted moderately firm, and pinched a few times when young. They can be grown to a good size quicker than many kinds of plants, and therefore can do with somewhat larger shifts than are usually accorded to hard-wooded plants; but this just means that more care must be taken in the watering of them.

There are two varieties, at least, which are worthy of a place in the most select collection of plants - viz., L. biloba, the flowers of which are a beautiful dark blue, and L. formosa, with bright scarlet flowers.

J. G., W.