"Mr. Miller may have described the plant"
Philip Miller (1691 - 1771) was a Scottish botanist. He was chief gardener at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1722 until shortly before his death. He wrote The Gardener's and Florists Dictionary or a Complete System of Horticulture,
1724, and The Gardener's Dictionary containing the Methods of Cultivating and Improving the Kitchen Fruit and Flower Garden
, 1731. He obtained plants from all over the world, many of which he cultivated for the first time in England. His knowledge of living plants was unsurpassed in his lifetime.
A contemporary botanist praised Miller as follows: ‘he has raised the reputation of the Chelsea Garden so much that it excels all the gardens of Europe for its amazing variety of plants of all orders and classes and from all climates...’.