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.
Everybody knows and admires the common, annual "lady slipper," or "balsam," of our gardens, but there are peren-nial species which make extremely handsome pot plants, when under warm greenhouse, or "stove" culture, as it is called in England. A new one under the above name has been introduced by Messrs. Veitch & Sons, of Chelsea, near London, of which we are able to give the following illustration, and some account of the plant, furnished us by these gentlemen:
"This is the handsomest stove balsam we have ever seen, surpassing all the older species that still remain in cultivation, in the brilliant coloring of its flowers, in the profusion with which they are produced, and in the length of time the plant continues in bloom. It is a suffruticose plant, with numerous herbaceous, erect stems, furnished with ovate-lanceolate leaves, chiefly at their extremities, from the axils of which, the brilliant, rosy-scarlet flowers as large as a half crown piece, are produced either singly, or in twos and threes".