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.
The tropical Acanthacese of which the Justicia and Libo-nia are familiar types, are among our most valuable winter blooming plants, and those who are familiar with their beauty and ease of culture, welcome any new addition to the list. This is another introduction of Mr. Wm. Bull, who tells us that it is an erect-growing Acanthaceous plant, introduced from the East Indies, producing freely compact spikes of flowers of a rich reddish orange color, which, from their peculiarly distinct and pleasing hue, are very attractive. The leaves are stalked, ovate acuminate in form, and much narrowed to the base, to which the leafy margin extends.