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Question: I want to know more about pentas, a plant that does well in MS. Steve Hope Brandon, MS

Answer: Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are easy to grow and should do well in your semi-tropical environment of Mississippi. However, they can't stand a frost, so must be protected or brought indoors in winter. You can also just grow them as an annual. They grow 1-2 feet tall, like full sun, moderately fertile, well-drained soil and produce blooms similar to verbena varying from purple to white colored. Butterflies love them. Plants can be purchased from, Logee's Greenhouses 141 North st. Danielson, CT 06239 860-774-8038

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