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Egyptian Star Cluster, Star Flower, Pentas 'Graffiti Deep Red'

Pentas lanceolata

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.