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Scarlet Pentapetes

Pentapetes phoenicia
Thomas Jefferson sowed seed of this tender annual along his flower border in 1811, calling it "Scarlet Mallow." He likely received seed from Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon, who noted the flower in his 1806 book, The American Gardener's Calendar.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.Further Sources
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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Reds
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: 
August 24, 2001 to October 12, 2001August 16, 2002 to October 16, 2002August 22, 2003 to October 9, 2003August 13, 2004 to October 7, 2004August 23, 2005 to October 10, 2005September 8, 2006 to October 27, 2006September 7, 2007 to October 26, 2007September 8, 2011 to October 13, 2011September 6, 2013 to October 30, 2013July 2, 2014 to July 10, 2014August 9, 2018 to September 12, 2018

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