Pentas are Tropical and Sub-tropical shrubs. They are native to Africa and Yemen. Pentas were named by George Bentham. They are also called as Egyptian Star Cluster or Egyptian Star flower. Pentas Bloom in shades of pink, red, violet and white, and are starry five-petaled flowers that grow in clusters. In tropical and sub-tropical climates they are perennials – life is more than three years. They can grow upto 36 inches in USDA hardiness zone range 9a to 11. Pentas need a well drained soil. They flower in full sun to partial shade. During harsh summer keep them in partial shade. Pentas that do not receive enough Sun become leggy. They bloom all year round and attract Butterflies, Bees, Sun birds and Humming birds. Soil PH requirements is 5.6 (acidic) to 6.5 (mild acidic). Propagation is by cuttings in spring and summer. Pentas can be used as butterfly beds.
Common Name: Pentas
Sun Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade min 4 hours of Sun daily
Max Height: 36 Inches
Propagation Methods: Stem cuttings in Spring and Summer
Bloom Color : Pink, Red, Violet and white
Bloom Time: All year Round, Spring and Summer
Invasive potential: Not Invasive, See also Invasive and Noxious Plants , Invasive Plants of North America, Invasive Alien Plant Alert, Invasive Plants — A Horticultural Perspective
Pests and Diseases: Botrytis blight, Pythium , and Rhizoctonia See Also Plants Pests and Diseases, Plant health in gardens, Plant pests and diseases
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Warning! Pesticides are poisonous. Read and follow all directions and safety precautions on labels. Handle carefully and store in original labeled containers out of the reach of children, pets, and livestock. Dispose of empty containers right away, in a safe manner and place. Do not contaminate forage, streams or ponds.
Remedy: For Rhizoctonia Captain 400, Pythium – Azoxystrobin For Botrytis blight Strobilurins See also Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic
USDA Hardiness: Zones 9a to 11
Uses: Butterfly Beds
Attraction: Butterflies, Sun Birds, Hummingbird, Bees
Soil: Well drained and moist
Soil pH: 5.6 to 6.5. Soil pH: What it Means,Soil: understanding pH and testing soil, Soil PH –