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.
A striking plant of great beauty, remarkable for the lustre of its coloring. The stem is faintly mottled with dark and light green. The leaves have a thick ivorywhite mid-rib, and the ground color is of a rich deep velvety bottle-green, with a resplendent lustrous surface, freely marked with whitish striated blotches, which stand out in striking contrast with the dark green ground color. It is a remarkably fine and telling plant, imported from the United States of Colombia. This was one of the twelve New Plants with which Mr. W. Bull gained the First Prize at the International Horticultural Exhibition, held at Ghent in 1878.