This beautiful native wildflower, the glory of our fields and hillsides, requires no description. Any garden soil suits it, the stronger the soil the deeper the color of the blossoms; in heavy loam they are deep orange in color, while in sand they are of a pale lemon shade with smaller flowers and shorter leaves.
Propagate, after the first Fall rains, by sowing seeds in places where they are to flower, and covering the seeds to the depth of an eighth of an inch. The young plants, when two inches high, should be thinned to six inches apart; give the ground about them a light mulching of old manure. In ordinary seasons they require no artificial irrigation. There are several garden varieties with different shades of color from white to a reddish orange, including some which are pink.