This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This, called Alternanthera paronychioides major aurea, is causing quite a sensation around Boston. Messrs. Sheppard, of Lowell, introduced it last fall from England, and their utmost exertions, so far, are unable to furnish the demand. Indeed, one or two parties have each ordered far in excess of the supply, so great is the rivalry among our gardeners for bedding preeminence.
Senecio speciosus is another new groundsel from South Africa, with large magenta red flowers, a glowing reputation, and is said to be a perpetual bloomer - outside in summer and in the greenhouse in winter. Some months ago I got a packet of seeds of it and sowed them but not a plant came up. But the fault may have been mine.