Othonna PectinataWormwood-Leaved Othonna
- Class and Order
- Syngenesia Polygamia necessaria
- Generic Character
- Recept. nudum. Pappus subnullus, Cal. 1-phyllus multifidus subcylindricus.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- OTHONNA pectinata foliis pinnatifidis: laciniis linearibus parallelis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 793. Ait. Kew. v. 3. p. 276.
- JACOBæA africana frutescens, foliis absinthii umbelliferi incanis. Comm. hort. 2. p. 137. t. 69.
The Othonna pectinata is a native of Africa, a long-established and common plant in greenhouses, having been cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1731; it recommends itself chiefly on account of its foliage, which forms a pleasing contrast to the darker greens of other plants.
It flowers in May and June, is moderately hardy, and readily increased by cuttings.
In many collections we meet with old plants of it three or four feet high; formerly, when greenhouse plants were few in numbers and the houses large, it might be proper to keep such; but now there is not that necessity, especially since the vast accession of plants from the Cape and New-Holland, made within these few years.