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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: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 31 to 2001 Oct 122002 May 20 to 2002 Sep 272003 May 9 to 2003 Oct 92014 Jun 16 to 2014 Oct 20
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