This plant has a mild fragrance
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Egyptian Starcluster Overview
Pentas lanceolata is commonly known as Egyptian Starcluster after the pretty flowers. It's a popular choice of tender perennial garden plant, especially with butterflies! With the green foliage and beautiful, showy flowers, the Egyptian Stars brings vibrancy and life to your garden; not only through their bright presence but also by attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, amongst other wildlife. Plant it as a bedding plant, ground-cover, slope and erosion control and enjoy their rich jewel tones and the atmosphere they create. Good for privacy, they are also widely used in traditional medicine across Africa.
Common problems with Egyptian Starcluster
Pests include spider mites, whiteflies and aphids. Generally disease free.
How to harvest Egyptian Starcluster
To harvest seeds, allow seed-heads to dry on the plant; remove and collect seeds. Seed does not store well, sow as soon as possible. Pick flowers and leaves as needed.
How to propagate Egyptian Starcluster
Sow seed indoors (before the last frost) or outside in Spring. Do not cover the small seeds with soil as they need light to germinate. Place plastic cover over the cultivation trays.
Take softwood cuttings in spring from terminal wood and dip the ends into a rooting hormone. Push the cut stem into a well-draining medium, such as sand, that has been pre-moistened.
Tie moss and then glad wrap over eyes that will form new roots. Remove the stem with new roots and replant.
Special features of Egyptian Starcluster
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and butterflies.
Birds are attracted to the nectar rich flowers.
Grows well in containers due to slow growth, needs sufficient drainage.
Also may be effectively gown indoors under artificial lights.
Generally drought resilient once well-established.
Make an informal lower hedge screen.
Other uses of Egyptian Starcluster
Grown for their flowers.
Traditionally used to treat lymphadenitis, diarrhoea, snake bite, malaria and ascariasis.