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Egyptian star cluster

Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Red'

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

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

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

ProblemsAphids, spider mites.

  • Genus : Pentas
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Fall, Late Spring, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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