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PlantFiles: Egyptian Star Cluster, Star Flower, Pentas
Pentas lanceolata 'Graffiti Deep Red'

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Pentas (PEN-tass) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Graffiti Deep Red

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cambium On Mar 5, 2007, Cambium from Lamar, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I got this gorgeous bushy plant in the autumn & planted it in rich, loose loam (sand & coral about 2' below the soil line). It was watered by sprinkler system 2x a week, with fertilizer each month.

It wintered well in the open yard (had shade because of the winter sun & the awnings cast the shade). I don't know how well it will do with full, hot sun this summer but we'll see.

I deadhead each cluster when it only has a few blooms left. This keeps the bushy shape & also gives the side shoots a chance to come on up strong & bloom well.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pasadena, California
Crawfordville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Largo, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Polk City, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Valrico, Florida
Zolfo Springs, Florida
Cumming, Georgia
Scott, Louisiana
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Camden, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kingsland, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Spring, Texas
Woodway, Texas

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