This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The grandest novelty of the year, and not only a novelty but a most valuable and useful decorative plant for all purposes through the late summer and autumn months. Its blossoms are of a rich scarlet, and very much resemble in shape and color the well-known Cactus, Cereus Speciosissimus. Height about 3 ft., very bushy, flowers of very striking appearance, and quite unlike those of an ordinany double Dahlia, the florets being flat and pointed; during the fall and winter the flowers sold at fifty cents each. - P. Henderson.