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.
Some eight or ten years ago, a semi-double Geranium was imported from England under the name of Heterantha which in this locality has given the utmost satisfaction, being a vigorous grower, and producing freely fine heads of scarlet flowers of nearly the same shade as the well known variety, General Grant. Very many varieties have been added to the list of late years, but none to surpass this one for bedding purposes. So fully have its merits become known that in some establishments preference is given to it over all others; and certainly as I saw it last year, no error of judgment has been committed in making the choice.
This plant is identical with the one sent out last Spring by Mr. P. Henderson as Double General Grant. A mistake which might have been committed by its being brought to his notice without a name; and from the resemblance it bears to the old General, in color, he might have supposed Double General Grant appropriate enough. But as there is a recognized rule in botany not to give a new name to an old plant, this rule applies though in a subordinate degree to such plants as come under the head of florist flowers, and by the observance of which much confusion is prevented.
New Haven, Conn.
[Agreeing with Mr. Veitch as to the impropriety of changing names, and to the importance of adhering to priority in adopting a name, it is yet to be regretted that a good garden variety of a ger-ranium should have been baptised under a Greek name. We should be glad if some leading authority would revise the Canons, and insist that Greek and Latin shall be confined to botanical names, and that florist's names shall be "common" stock. - Ed. G. M.J