Starcluster? Red Pentas

Pentas lanceolata

Large clusters of crimson-red starry flowers on sturdy stems. Loves hot and humid summer conditions and requires little maintenance. A showy choice for season-long vivid color in the landscape or containers. A frost-tender perennial in warm winter regions; treat as an annual elsewhere.
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9 - 11

Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 8


Full sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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    2055 N. Central Expressway Mckinney TX 75070

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    4050 W. Eldorado Parkway Mckinney TX 75070

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    1010 West Mcdermott Drive Allen TX 75013

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    8550 S. H. 121 Mckinney TX 75070

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Botanical PronunciationPEN-tas lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 18 to 24 in. tall, 16 to 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Houseplant, Mass Planting, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Bird Friendly, Heat Loving
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

Easily grown in slightly acidic, nutrient-rich, well-drained soils. Performs best in tropical-like environments with full sun. Water regularly to maintain a semi-moist but not soggy soil surface; take care not to overwater. Feed monthly. Reblooms freely without deadheading.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

Your climate may be too cold for this plant