This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Dr. Peyre Por-cher, of Charleston, S. C, and author of that excellent work, the "Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests," writes regarding the statement in Meehan's "Flowers and Ferns of the United States," that the blossoms of Talinum teretifolium are open only for about an hour at noon : "the ladies of my house have been very much pleased with many of your descriptions, especially of a little plant we all recognised, the Talinum, having seen it growing at the base and on the top of Glossy mountain, near Flat Rock, North Carolina. We made similar observations with regard to the ephemeral duration of the flowers. Specimens being planted in a box, were observed to open their flowers between one and half past one, and to close up at half past two in the afternoon".