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.
The Phlox Drummondi is one of the most beautiful annual flowers; and, indeed, we are not certain but we should be justified in calling it the finest of all. It is remarkable for the splendor and variety of its colors. Flowers from the same seed will be found of almost every shade of color from the deepest and most brilliant rose-color to the palest and most delicate pink. Every flower, though of the deepest carmine, has the under side of its petals. of a pale blush color; and every petal, though of the palest pink, has a dark carmine spot at its base. Thus the variety of colors displayed in a bed of these flowers, almost exceeds description; and when they are seen under a bright sun, and agitated by a gentle breeze, the effect is exceedingly brilliant - we know of nothing more beautiful.
This Phlox was discovered in Texas, in 1835, by Drummond, a botanical collector sent out by the Glasgow Botanical Society, who soon after died in Cuba, in the midst of his researches. This being one of the last plants discovered by Mr. Drummond, it was named Phlox Drummondi, in honor of its lamented discoverer.
The seed should be sown in a nicely prepared bed about the 1st of May, in this latitude, lightly covered; and in July they will be in full blossom. They are very easily cultivated, requiring no other care than keeping them clear of weeds, and the ground mellow. When any flower of extraordinary beauty is produced, it may be propagated by cuttings, which must be kept in a warm room during the winter, and planted out in the spring.