Egyptian Star Cluster, Star Flower, Pentas 'New Look Pink'

Pentas lanceolata

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



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 softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.
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