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Pentas Lanceolata

Botanical Name:

Pentas lanceolata

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Full Drainage, 6pH, Mildly Acidic
Heat Tolerant
Extreme Heat
Cold Tolerant
-1°C / 30°F
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Jun, Jul, Aug

Plant Type

Perennials, Herbaceous Perennial, Houseplant, Perennial, Herb or subshrub with erect or straggling mostly woody stems 0.5–1.3 m. tall, hairy.

Lifespan

Annual Perennial Zones 6-11

Plant Height

1-8 ft / 30-243 cm

Flower

Tubular star-shaped blooms (3"), with dimorphic, trimorphic, and heterostyled traits. Heterostyled flowers: varying style lengths to avoid self fertilization. Dimorphic flowers: visible, non-sexual related differences in genders. Trimorphic flower types: 1) Styles visible, anthers hidden. 2) Anthers visible, styles hidden. 3) Both forms of 1 and 2.

Fruit

Fruit obtriangular, 4–6 mm. tall and wide; beak 1–2 mm. tall.

Benefits
Ornamental

Unique star-shaped flowers that form in circular umbrella shapes. Vibrant and beautiful colors.

Attracts

Butterflies

Hummingbirds

Pollinators

Warning

Susceptible to spider mites, aphids, and caterpillars.

Taxonomy

Order

Rubiales

Family

Rubiaceae

Genus

Pentas

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