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.
For several years I have grown the plant noticed in Monthly for February, Ipomcea nocti-phyton, and have had many opportunities to see it equal in attractiveness to anything yet said in its behalf.
Mr. Wooding is mistaken, however, in saying it is an annual, as here it has shown every characteristic of being a good perennial; so much so that we have repeatedly seen strong plants cut down and potted in the fall to supply cuttings through the winter, and when planted out in the following summer give a greater number of flowers than younger plants.
From the first I have regarded noctiphyton as an unfortunate name. It is near to grandiflora, but differs from that species in some important particulars. In grandiflora the peduncle is about two-flowered; stem and leaf-stalk pubescent; corolla rather deeply five-lobed. While the peduncle of so-called noctiphyton has an indefinite number of flowers; leaf-stalk smooth, stem beset with numerous projections which readily develop into roots when resting upon the ground; corolla entire, as in the common Morning Glory, and very fragrant. For these and other reasons, I have called it from the first Ipomcea noctiluca, as agreeing better with descriptions of that species than with any other, and also it expresses a leading characteristic of the plant - night shining - as well as the very good English name, Evening Glory.
[Where and by whom was "Ipomcea noctiphyton " described? - Ed. G. M].