A genus of fleshy smooth-stemmed annuals or perennials mostly natives of Australia, Chile and California. Their cultivation is very simple and they grow freely in any soil or exposure not too much shaded, while they are excellent for covering waste places with color until early Summer.

Sow the seeds, one-eighth of an inch deep, where they are to remain, as soon as the Fall rains have moistened the soil; should the seeds germinate very thickly, thin out to six inches apart. Unless birds or insects pick up the seeds they will re-seed the ground and come up again the following season.