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 Corymb - flowered Habrotkammu. This plant is an erect, much-branched shrub, with somewhat herbaceous stems, and alternate, large, ovate-lanceolate leaves, attached to the stems by a start-stalk. Towards the ends of the main branches smaller ones are produced, each of which is terminated by a corymb of flowers. The flowers are funnel-shaped, gradually widen' ing upwards, then contracting, having a pitcher-shaped appearance; the limb is divided into five long narrow segments, which become reflex ed. These flowers which are produced in profusion, are of a deep rose color, and very ornamental.
This species is a native of Mexico; and has flowered in the Royal Botanic Garden of Kew, to which it was sent by Mr. Low, of the Clapton nursery. It is a plant of very rapid growth, requiring only the protection of the green-house in the winter season, and in summer thriving freely in the open air. Plants of this nature require to be well attended when young, to cause them to produce a sufficient number of shoots to form a handsome plant; and they ought not to be planted in a soil and situation too much conducive to vigorous growth; for rapid growing plants of this half-fleshy character are found to thrive better when the development of them is not too freely induced by stimulants of this kind. A large plant of this kind would doubtless make a good display in the flower garden, as a single plant; and when so required, it must be planted out as early in the season as possible, to be safe from frost.
It belongs to the natural order of Solanacese; and in the Lmnaean arrangement to Pen-tandria monogynia. - Hort, Mag.