Egyptian star cluster

Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Red'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Egyptian star cluster (Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Red')
PEN-tas lan-see-oh-LAY-tah
Synonyms:  P. carnea
Genus:  Pentas

Red star-shaped flowers with small white centers bloom atop erect stems from spring to autumn. This evergreen perennial or subshrub is often grown as a summer annual. It generally stays under 2 feet tall in the garden, but the species can reach over 6 feet tall in the wild. Grow in a bed or border, or in containers.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Long-tubed red flowers in clusters over a long period. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Care: 

Grow in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation: 

Sow seed at 61° to 64°F in spring. Take softwood cuttings at any time using bottom heat, especially in winter.

Problems: 

Aphids, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Red'