A genus of elegant free-flowering small shrubs with a large handsome flower resembling a single rose. This charming genus has a large number of species which should be more commonly seen in our gardens as they are of easy culture and require little water for their development. Being natives of the coast of the Mediterranean, they are peculiarly adapted to introduction into California.

They are propagated by seeds sown under glass in Spring (the seeds being barely covered by finely-sifted, sandy soil), or by cuttings of young wood, three or four inches long, placed in soil composed of one-half sand, one-half leaf-mold, in a cold frame, either in Spring or Fall; as soon as they are rooted, pot them into three-inch pots in soil composed of two-thirds leaf-soil and one-third sand with the addition of a little loam.

Choltya ternata.