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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.