Scarlet Pentapetes

Pentapetes phoenicia

[pentapetes_phoenicia]

Jefferson sowed seed of this tender annual along the Roundabout flower border in 1811, referring to it as "Scarlet Mallow." Jefferson probably obtained the seed of this uncommon native of the Old World tropics from Philadelphia nurseryman, Bernard McMahonwho noted "Scarlet Pentapetes" in his American Gardener's Calendar of 1806. Pentapetes ("five petals") phoenicia ("scarlet") forms a handsome four-foot-high plant with deep green, heavily lobed leaves, and attractive, orangish-red, mallow-like flowers. The blossoms open around noon and close the following down.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Reds Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.010165,-78.452394

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Blooming Dates 2001: Aug 24 – Oct 122002: Aug 16 – Oct 162003: Aug 22 – Oct 92004: Aug 13 – Oct 72005: Aug 23 – Oct 102006: Sep 8 – Oct 272007: Sep 7 – Oct 262011: Sep 8 – Oct 132013: Sep 6 – Oct 30