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.
A very attractive stove plant, of a remarkably dense and close-growing habit, as compared with others of this well-known, showy species. The leaves are shortly and broadly ovate, of a deep green color, with an irregular toothed margin. The flowers are double, remarkably red and compact; they measure about three inches across, and the wavy, peta-line bodies which form the close center are about two inches in depth, and have a very elegantly crisped appearance. The color is a bright, dense crimson, so that the blossoms are very attractive. It is one of the many importations from the South Sea Islands. - William Bull.
Lilium Washingtonianum purpu-reum* - A new lily, a native of Humboldt county, California, and a variety of the Wash-ingtonianum, although there is some discrepancy still unsettled. In the "Journal of the Linnean Society" it is described by Mr. Baker as smaller and more slender than the type, with a stem from 1-1½ foot high, and the whorled leaves from 1-1½ inch long, as having from 4 to 8 flowers on an umbel; the perianth being of a wine purple, and covered with minute dots. It has a peculiar pyramidal habit of growth, the flower stem pointing from one common center upward at an angle of 45°; the color, on first opening, was nearly white with purple spots, becoming, in age, suffused with a purplish tint, not deep enough to obliterate the spotting.