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Pentas

Pentas spp.

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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Pentas Overview

This genus, native to parts of the Arabian peninsula, Africa, Madagascar and islands in the Western Indian Ocean is in the Rubiaceae (coffee) family. Some species are commonly cultivated, such as P. lanceolata and its cultivars, grown for its star-shaped flowers in shades of white, red and pink, that attract butterflies. This species is tolerant of full sun and drought, and are popular as container and hanging basket plants.

Common problems with Pentas

How to propagate Pentas

Cuttings

You can propagate from seed in spring or from softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Other uses of Pentas

Grown for their flowers.