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Pentas lanceolata 'Butterfly Red'

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

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


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

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

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PratikN On Sep 18, 2012, PratikN from Vashi,New Mumbai
India wrote:

Yes,truly a low-maintainence,all the year flowering plant it is.I have a red -purple variety I bought 2 months ago and since then its foliage has grown alternate week.They are basically shade tolerant plants so will thrive well in balconies as well ....They also provide a constant colour to ur garden and I've also seen butterflies visiting it the same day I shifted it from my balcony to the outside.This plant is nice to start with for beginners.Thumbs up!!!

Positive Don_Mader On Jan 28, 2006, Don_Mader from Victoria, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My penta is planted at the back of an annual flower garden. It has a southern exposure but is partly shaded. It blooms year round but heaviest from March thru October. Butterflies love it but haven't seen any hummers visiting it tho' I have several hummers that hang around.

Have had no problems with diseases or insects bothering it.

It did well even with the extreme heat through last summer.

I recommend it highly as a great low-maintenance shrub!

Positive artcons On Mar 24, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Easy to grow and a very attractive true red flower that butterflies love. However my pet cat liked these plants too. Whenever I would trim them and he was in the yard with me, he would jump into the bushes and rub around on the cut branches. It was just like a catnip reaction.
I have noticed the red variety from HD is not the same as my true red. It's slightly more purple than red and the HD variety does not attract butterflies (I have one of these too.) My new red Pentas was purchased last fall to replace others I lost in the hurricane last year. I had a difficult time finding the true red flower variety that I believe works best to attract butterflies. About two to three days after purchasing the plant, and while it was still in the nursery pot, I noticed caterpillars on the plant. These cats were totally new to me. Comparing them to what I found on the web, I think they were either Azaela Sphinx or Olive Angle Shades. At any rate, they totally devoured the plant in three days. If anybody has these type of cats on their red pentas, please let me know.


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

Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Interlachen, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Newberry, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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