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Sutherlandia spectabilis (S370b: 1884)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A letter to the Editor printed on page 441 of the 4 May 1884 issue of The Garden. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S370B.htm

    I send you a branch of this beautiful Cape shrub, which I raised from seed last year. It was planted out at once in a sunny border, and protected during winter with a canvas hood, so that the foliage remained uninjured. It is now in full flower, having more than a dozen upright branches well studded with beautiful elongated, pea-like blossoms of a rich, sealing-wax-red colour, which stand out from among the grey-green pinnate foliage and produce a charming effect. In hard winters it would doubtless require house protection, but as it flowers so well the second year from seed it seems well worth attention.--ALFRED R. WALLACE, Frith Hill, Godalming.

    * A very pretty plant, reminding one of the New Zealand Clianthus puniceus, though the flowers are smaller and arranged on the branches differently. The silvery lustre of the pinnate foliage renders the plant attractive even when out of flower.--ED.

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