British Gardening, with which is Incorporated the "Northern Gardener" Volume 9: 65 (Feb 2, 1893)

Stachys tuberifera

A few weeks ago a writer in these pages remarked "Perhaps readers who have grown it (referring to the Stachys) will record their experience for the benefit of others." Not having seen any response thereto, I venture to say a word or two on this comparatively little known vegetable. We grew it a year or two since, planting it in rows similar to Potatos. It flourished and produced an abundance of tubers, which, though very distinct in appearance, were considered too much like Jerusalem Artichokes in point of flavour to be an acquisition — or at least to be an indispensable one.

Its size, too, is rather against it, the tubers being so small. There may be instances where owing to the height Jerusalem Artichokes grow it may be desirable to grow the Stachys—the small size ol the tubers not being objected to, in which case no one need anticipate any difficulty in its successful culture. Indeed, the difficulty seems rather to be how not to grow it, when once it has been introduced. Every tuber, large or small, will grow, and no amount of frost or natural heat affects it in the least. I think it wants improving, and for anything I know to the contrary, a promising field is here open either to the hybridist, or to one who will take the trouble to "select" from year to year the largest and best shaped tubers — with an ever open eye to a "break" in the desired direction. Its dwarf habit is very much in its favour, especially for small gardens.

[For our illustration we are indebted to Messrs. Carter and Co., High Holborn, London.]

Domesticating Wild Plants