Star Flower (Pentas lanceolata)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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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 (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 1:28 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

"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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