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It is herbaceous and perfectly hardy, though it comes from the much warmer climate of Japan, whence are all the species of _Funkia_.
On their history -- as 'Gentian' from King Gentius, and Funkia from Dr. Funk.
As I correct this sheet for press, however, I find that the Hemerocallis is now to be called 'Funkia,'"in honour of Mr. Funk, a Prussian apothecary."