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Balsam Apple

Momordica balsamina

This tender annual vine was planted along Monticello's Roundabout flower border in the spring of 1812. The Balsam Apple's glossy delicate foliage, small yellow flowers, and bursting orangish-red fruits were a novel addition to the summer border.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Yellow
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 12 to 2001 Nov 12002 Jun 21 to 2002 Nov 82003 Jul 14 to 2003 Oct 312004 Jul 29 to 2004 Oct 262005 Aug 9 to 2005 Oct 252006 Jul 20 to 2006 Oct 112007 Sep 7 to 2007 Oct 122008 Jul 25 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jul 22 to 2009 Oct 272010 Aug 1 to 2010 Nov 12011 Jun 14 to 2011 Oct 142012 Jul 20 to 2012 Nov 72013 Aug 21 to 2013 Nov 72014 Jul 10 to 2014 Nov 21
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