(a favorite of Venus, after his death changed into a flower). Rammculdccw. Hardy annual and per ennial herbs with showy flowers. Six well known species, natives of temperate regions of En. and Asia. Fls. solitary, terminal ; petals 5-16, yellow or red ; car pels many: at. about 1 foot high, very leafy: lvs. alter nate, cut into very narrow divisions: fr. an akene. Cul ture easy in any soil, light, moist earth preferred. They thrive in full sun or partial shade; the perennial species well suited for rockwork, borders, etc. Annuals prop. by the seeds, which are slow-germinating, sown in autumn or earliest spring; perennials by seeds or root divisions.