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Pentas

Pentas lanceolata

Egyptian Starcluster, Star Flower

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A warm-season annual bedding plant growing up to 12 inches. Intensely colored star-shaped flower clusters appear in summer and autumn, in shades of pink, violet, red, and white. Pentas are heat-tolerant and can handle summer sun, but typically benefit from a bit of afternoon shade. They can reseed sporadically, but they’re considered an annual in San Antonio. Pentas attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Origins: Africa, Yemen

Maintenance

Plant in May to establish by summertime. Pinch back the stalks or deadheaded to encourage flowering.

Clusters of star-shaped flowers perform well in summertime.

Min. Height: 2'

Max Height: 3 feet'

Min. Width: 2'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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