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Pink Pentapetes

Scientific Name: Pentapetes phoenicea

Common Name: Pink Pentapetes

Description: Tender, ornamental, annual flower; pink, mallow-like blossoms open at noon and close at dawn; distinctive, olive green foliage with serrated edges

Size: Grows 3 to 5 feet; upright habit

Cultural Information: Prefers full sun to light shade and well-drained garden loam

Historical Notes: This unusual plant of the Old World Tropics, rarely cultivated in America, is a member of the chocolate family with brownish-green stems and mallow-like blossoms. It makes a handsome accent plant in the garden. This rare but naturally occurring pink form was selected from plantings of the species. Thomas Jefferson grew the scarlet pentapetes variety.

- Peggy Cornett, CHP Information Sheet

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