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Pentas

Dark green, lance-shaped, somewhat furry and deeply veined leaves provide a lush backdrop for prolific clusters of never-ending, five-petalled flowers is called ‘pentas.’

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Pentas are also called Egyptian stars for the bloom’s five-pointed shape. These flowers are extremely attractive to butterflies, and the red and dark pink varieties delight hummingbirds.

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Flowers are an umbel of little star-shaped flowers in all shades of pink, as well as white, lavender and a bi-colour. The tallest and most vigorous form I have is a hot pink, which I suspect is the species.

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A wonderful annual when planted in drifts of uniform colour. Pentas is probably underused in landscape flowerbeds.

Pentas makes an ideal container plant throughout the summer, and mixes well with any number of warm weather annuals.

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Whether grown as an annual or perennial, a pentas plant provides summer-long flowering with proper care.

Red pentas and blue Salvia guaranitica are a good combination and can guarantee visits by hummingbirds, which seem to be drawn magnetically to these flowers.

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Pentas also grows well as a potted indoor plant if provided with a sunny window and warm indoor temperatures. You can grow pentas indoors year round.

If you want more of these delightful plants, they are fairly easy to propagate. Pentas plants grow from seed or from softwood cuttings.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.


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