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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Mauve
Pink
Red
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2018-03-01
By carolem
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2019-05-04
By sunkissed
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2014-07-30
By dave
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2017-03-20Four year old bush, bright pink
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-06#pollination   2 kinds of Hawkmoths
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2021-07-24Drawing butterflies daily.  Today, they pulled in an ORANGE drago
By Peggy8b
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Location: central IllinoisDate: fall 2006
By jmorth
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2013-05-22This is a deep scarlet red penta that grows tall, easy to propaga
By sunkissed
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-07-06Pentas lanceolata, mixed colors
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2020-05-262nd year plant in full sun all day long.
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Location: Courtyard Date: 2008-0719
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-19-14
By jmorth
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2013-01-18I have no idea what cultivar most my pentas are, but this deep pi
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
By carolem
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2014-01-08
By carolem
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2018-06-26
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-09-01First season specimen.
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-10-01First season pale lavender specimen.
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Location: WG front garden
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-13w/ Sulphur
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-10-16
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Location: South FloridaDate: Spring 2012This one is a butterfly magnet.
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Location: Courtyard Date: 2008-0719
By pirl
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Location: Orangeburg, SCDate: 2015-07-06Pentas
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Location: In my 8A garden.Date: 2017-06-21
By Sarafoot
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Location: Lake City, FLDate: 2017-07-31
By WildIris
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2014-01-08
By carolem
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Location: Sangamon Co. Il.Date: 2017 (fall)
By Deby
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-06-28
By carlysuko
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-06-28
By carlysuko
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2018-08-27
By csandt
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Date: 2021-08-08
By sedumzz
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2006-07-10
By Marilyn
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2006-07-10
By Marilyn
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Location: San Antonio, TexasDate: April 7, 2012Pentas
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-09-23
By Marilyn
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Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2014-01-16
By carolem
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania USADate: 2019-07-06
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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 4:18 PM

Pentas come as both upright plants reaching 3 to 4 feet in height, as well as dwarf varieties that attain a low, mounding form. In warm climates Pentas are fast growing, constantly blooming perennials. They are grown as annuals in northern areas. Pentas prefer full sun and are more prolific bloomers when in a sunny location, but they will also do fine in a partially shaded area of the garden, just with fewer blooms. Pentas attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.

Although I haven't noticed hummingbirds visiting the Pentas in my garden, they are absolute butterfly magnets! I've grown the white, light pink, dark pink and red varieties and the red is definitely my favorite!

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 1:28 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

"Pentas is a genus of the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. Pentas lanceolata is a particularly popular species. The plants have dark green, lance-shaped, somewhat furry and deeply veined leaves providing a backdrop for prolific clusters of never-ending, five-petaled flowers. These may be red, white, lavender, purple, or shades of pink. Some are two-toned. Pentas are attractive to butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are used in pots, baskets, and borders, where they can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot.[1]"

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