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Pentas

Pentas spp.

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A photo of Pentas
A photo of Pentas
A photo of Pentas
A photo of Pentas
A photo of 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.