This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This beautiful hybrid is also one of M. Bergman's acquisitions; it is the result of crossing a fine red-spathed variety of A. Scherzerianum with the white-spathed variety, A. Scherzerianum album.
The progeny exhibits striking intermediate characters; the ground color of the spathe is creamy white profusely blotched and spotted with coral-red, thereby rendering it very distinct and effective. As regards size, the spathe is equal to that of many of the best varieties of A. Scherzerianum. The spadix is yellow and singularly twisted, as in the white-spathed variety.
A splendid hybrid obtained from A. ornatum and A. Andreanum by M. Bergman, gardener to Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, at Ferrieres-en-Brie, near Paris, from whom we have acquired the stock.
The plant has the bold habit and broad foliage of A. ornatum. The slender, erect footstalks of the leaves support a fine bright green heart-shaped expansion, fully 12 inches long and 6 inches broad.
The scape is stout and erect, attaining a length of 24 to 30 inches. The spathe, which is remarkably showy and attractive, is of cordate form, 5 to 6 inches across, of a bright rosy carmine color, without any of the reticulated corrugations characteristic of A. Andreanum. The spadix is about 5 inches long, ivory-white to two-thirds of its length, with the upper third fawn-yellow.