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Scarlet Pentapetes

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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Aug 24 to 2001 Oct 122002 Aug 16 to 2002 Oct 162003 Aug 22 to 2003 Oct 92004 Aug 13 to 2004 Oct 72005 Aug 23 to 2005 Oct 102006 Sep 8 to 2006 Oct 272007 Sep 7 to 2007 Oct 262011 Sep 8 to 2011 Oct 132013 Sep 6 to 2013 Oct 302014 Jul 2 to 2014 Jul 10
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