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Pentapetes phoenicea

Pentapetes phoenicea
noon flower; copper tips
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Common name noon flower; copper tips
Family malvaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z11)
Flowers red (late spring-fall)
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade

Native to tropical south Asia, where it is a weed of rice fields. Grown as an annual here; I hope to see its scarlet flowers over a long period of bloom; they open around noon, and close early the following morning. So far, though, I've seen just its interestingly shaped leaves, by early August. It may appreciate even more heat than our climate provides, or the early-summer drought may have set it back.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 75F (17d) - sandpapered - 75F (25d; 24%G, 6-12d) - 80F (24%G, 3d)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '11/'12 exchange. Sandpapered- baggy 75F (4%G, 7d)
  3. Same seed as above. Sandpapered, baggy 75F (11%G, 6-46d, with two more rounds of sandpaper treatment)

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