This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
WITH us the past summer it has been all that was promised, and more too, which is rarely the case with those high-flown English descriptions. The plants grow very rapidly, and attain a height of nearly eight feet, sometimes even ten. The habit of the plant is all that can be desired, being very graceful in habit, and resembling a Weeping Willow, which has obtained for it the name of " Willow-Leaved Amaranth." The color of the leaves is a bronze green, which changes to a bright carmine color, about the middle of August, on all the ends of the branches, making plumes of such dazzling beauty as to be truly magnificent. The plants are rather delicate when first planted, and should not be set out before the first of May. As they grow they are benefited by being staked, as they are liable to be broken by high winds in the fall. They do best in a moderate garden soil. A few plants we have had on our place this summer, have been the admiration of all who beheld them. It has proved to be a decided acquisition, and coming in a time when that class of plants are in demand, is just the right thing in the right place.
Tarrytown, N. Y. Frank Romer.