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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