This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
In my communication last month, I described only one new variety, viz. the crimson and yellow, and that had not developed its full character. Shortly after, another bloomed, even more beautiful than the first. It is a white, with crimson stripes. The white Portulacca, already known, sports occasionally by an aggravating dash of crimson upon one or two petals, and sometimes a whole crimson petal, etc; but the new variety I have obtained has a distinct and decided character, combining, in every flower, the colors of the two parents, crimson and white, presenting a flower delicate in its pencillings, and beautiful in the extreme. The pure yellow and pure white, are both feeble plants compared with the crimson and scarlet varieties, the crimson being the strongest grower of all. The crimson and yellow mixed, partakes largely of the strength of the crimson, and the flowers are quite as large. The white and crimson mixed is not quite so strong as the last named.
The crimson and yellow mixed, sports exactly as I predicted, and makes an extraordinary show. The mixed flowers predominate, but nearly every morning it puts forth among its varigated flowers one or two of pure crimson and of pure yellow. The white and crimson mixed, thus far has not shown the sporting character, every flower being beautifully striped. It seems from the character of these varieties of Portulacca, that it comports itself exactly like the Mirabilis Jalapa, the common marvel of Peru, and I infer that we shall soon have as many varieties of Portulacca as we have of that plant; and what is somewhat interesting, to anticipate all the same colors and mixtures. It is worthy of note here that Mr. Mclead, Florist