This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Mesembryanthemum Bicolorum. Two-Coloured Fig-Marigold.
Cal. 5-fidus. Petala numerosa, linearia. Caps. carnosa, infera, polysperma.
MESEMBRYANTHEMUM bicolorum foliis subulatis punctatis laevibus distinctis, caule frutescente, corollis bicoloribus. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. p. 470.
MESEMBRYANTHEMUM tenuifolium fruticescens, flore croceo. Dill. Elth. 267. t. 202. f. 258.
Contrary to the Mesembryanthemum dolabriforme, lately figured in this work, this species expands its flowers in the day-time, and that only when the sun shines powerfully on them; on such occasions, the blossoms on the top of the branches being very numerous, exhibit a most splendid appearance.
It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, flowers in July, and is most readily propagated by cuttings.
Like most of the Cape plants, it requires the shelter of a green-house during the winter.