This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
A genus of pretty bulbous plants from North America, requiring warm sunny places and gritty well-drained soil. There are many kinds, one of the best being venustus with yellow hairy flowers stained with crimson and blotched. There are several varieties of it, all beautiful.