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May 20, 2015 12:49 PM CST
|Please ID this plant.|
May 20, 2015 12:56 PM CST
|Looks like some sort of Phlox.|
May 20, 2015 1:40 PM CST
|Could that be Pentas lanceolata, Star Flower.|
May 20, 2015 2:28 PM CST
|Some kind of Pentas; maybe needs to be pruned back?|
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
May 20, 2015 2:58 PM CST
|I agree, Pentas lanceolata. |
They are often grown "as annuals" in much of the USA but they are actually perennials and will act that way in warmer winter zones. If you do prune it back to make a bushier plant, you can root the nice looking parts to have more plants. The butterflies usually love them and the hummingbirds will even use some of the more nectar rich varieties. Plus, they'll bloom all summer!
Based on the nice rounded flower cluster, it also looks like it could be one of the tall, old-fashioned varieties that are becoming rare in these days of short and stumpy plant breeding. Hold on to it! The butterflies usually like the old-fashioned Pentas the best and butterfly gardeners are often trying to find these, usually in vain.
Here is a similar-looking, medium height cultivar:
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May 20, 2015 3:01 PM CST
| there nice!|
I wish they were hardy.
May 21, 2015 9:29 PM CST
|Thank all of you so much. They are really pretty. And interesting to know they may be an old-fashioned variety. |
They belong to my Pastor's wife. I'm going to ask for some cuttings.
May 23, 2015 8:57 PM CST
|Danita, are you able to overwinter yours in your zone? I'm wondering if I should try to do that here. I love them and just bought 2 red plants.|