Golden Crownbeard

Verbesina encelioides


André Thouin of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris sent seeds of this Central American annual to Monticello where it was planted in 1811. Thouin described it as a "belle grand plante annuelle d'ornement." Over several years Thouin sent literally thousands of seeds from Paris to Monticello. Most of these were relayed by Jefferson to American botanical gardens and plantsmen such as McMahon and William Hamilton, but very few were documented as actually having been planted at Monticello.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Yellow Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: May 31 – Oct 122002: May 20 – Sep 272003: May 9 – Oct 92014: Jun 16 – Jun 16