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PlantFiles: Egyptian Star Cluster, Star Flower, Pentas
Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Pink'

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Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Pentas (PEN-tass) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: New Look Pink

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Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive LynnFinberg On Apr 17, 2010, LynnFinberg from North Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I love working with pentas. I treat them as annuals due to frost limitations. However, they are forgiving; I dead head to make blooms last into December. Nary a wilt in 105 + heat!

Positive htop On Aug 31, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
These dwarf pentas with dark green leaves and light pink blooms have been blooming all summer and have not skipped a beat even in 108 degree weather. They receive morning filtered sun and afternoon sun. This is the first year I have grown them so I do not know if they will come back from the roots in the spring as do my other pentas.

Be sure not to over water. They do not like wet feet. Feed monthly with a 6-6-6, 8-8-8 or similar garden fertilizer following label instructions. Rabbit manure mixed in the soil at planting time works wonders. Grasshoppers tend to be a problem. Dust with Sevin Dust at the first appearance of leaves being eaten or you will be sorry you did not do so. The plant will rebound after the leaves have been eaten, however.

I am very glad that I tried these out and recommend them as a low border or container plant.

October 23, 2004 I mulched these heavily in the winter and they returned from the roots in the spring. As of today, they are still providing beautiful blooms.

February, 2006 They do well in hot Texas full sun also.

Regional...

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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Denham Springs, Louisiana
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Croton On Hudson, New York
San Antonio, Texas



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