Every person who has had any experience in the garden is too well acquainted with the weed Purslane, or Pursly, and would gladly see an extermination, not only of that plant, but all its kindred. It is indeed a troublesome weed; but no one should be condemned because he happens to have bad relations, nor should Portulacca splendens, although a splendid Purslane. In speaking of it we leave off the Purslane, and call it the Splendid Portulacca, for, were its family connections generally known, we should fear it might not receive the attention it deserves; for, truly, it is a great acquisition to the flower-garden, and no plant presents a more brilliant show than this, when planted in masses. The flowers are rosy-crimson, large and beautiful, opening with the bright morning sun. It makes a rich bed from July to October. The plant is dwarf and trailing; leaves small; about six inches high. All the other varieties have the same habit, and equally beautiful.
Portulacca thellusoni, - Scarlet Portulacca, - is exactly like the last, with brilliant scarlet flowers.
Portulacca, var. lutea, - the same, with fine yellow flowers, and brown centre.
Portulacca, var. alba, - the same, with white flowers, often sporting to white with pink stripes; all the varieties are perfectly hardy, sowing themselves in autumn; only requiring to be thinned cut in the spring, or transplanted to beds or wherever wanted.