Noon Flower, Midday Flower, Scarlet Mallow, Simine, Flor impia, Copper Cups
Pentapetes phoenicea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pentapetes (pen-ta-PET-eez) (Info)
Species: phoenicea (feen-ih-KEE-uh) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Dark/Black

Bronze-Green

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thomasville, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 18, 2007, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

Quoted from Garden Store 'N' More "This deliciously rare old-world tropics annual was introduced by Jefferson he sowed seeds of this tender annual along his Roundabout flower border in 1811, calling it "Scarlet Mallow." This handsome plant of the Old World Tropics, rarely cultivated in America, has brownish-green stems and scarlet, mallow-like blossoms that open at noon and close at dawn. Direct sow or transplant to a sunny location after the last frost. Grows to five feet. Multi-branching with a strong, upright central stem, it bears interesting & attractive long narrow foliage. Easy to grow & tolerant of wet or dry soils, this lovely rarity may very well act as perennial in warmer temperate climates."