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Jefferson planted seeds of this summer-flowering annual at Shadwell, his boyhood home, on April 2, 1767. A native of the Old World tropics, the globe amaranth was grown in Virginia by Williamsburg's John Custis as early as 1737, but it has long been cultivated for it's long-lasting flowers. At Monticello it was one of a limited number of heat-loving annuals suitable for the long Virginia summer. Today, it remains one of the most asked about flowers in the Monticello gardens.