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Pentas lanceolata
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Zone
Zones 23-28, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Pentas lanceolata

Star Clusters
Rubiaceae
Perennials

Woody-based perennial from tropical Africa. In Hawaii, it grows as large as 6 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide; elsewhere it reaches 2–3 ft. tall and wide. Stems are topped by tight, 4-in.-wide clusters of small, star-shaped flowers in white, pink, lilac, or red. As a perennial, it provides nearly year-round color; as an annual, it blooms in summer. Good cut flowers. Green, somewhat hairy leaves are pointed ovals to 6 in. long.

Prune the plant heavily each year before spring growth begins to keep it compact and to encourage flowering. Deadhead regularly for more blooms. Can be used as a houseplant; set in a bright west- or south-facing window.

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