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Pentas, Egyptian Star Flower

Pentas lanceolata

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Pentas lanceolata

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Pentas lanceolata Plant Information

Scientific Name: Pentas lanceolata
Common Name: pentas

Egyptian star flower
Family: Rubiaceae
Suggested Uses: perennial treated as an annual

beds & borders, container plantings
Plant Form: upright
Height: 2 - 3 feet
Spread: 1 - 2 feet
Foliage: opposite, ovate foliage
Flower: white, pink, red, and purple flowers in terminal corymbs with 5-6 petals
Bloom Period: Spring, Summer, Fall
Sun: light shade

good for full sun to partial shade when supplemental irrigation is available
Water: low water requirement
Soil: prefers well-drained, fertile soil
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance

low cold tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 9 - 11
Native Range: Africa
Maintenance: requires frequent pinching to promote branching

tolerates shearing

propagation by seed
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to aphids
Wildlife: attracts butterflies

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