Egyptian Star Cluster, Star Flower, Pentas
Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Violet'

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

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:

Violet/Lavender

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

Regional

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

Phoenix, Arizona

North Port, Florida

Alpharetta, Georgia

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 7, 2004, kabloom from Alpharetta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grown from seed and they are doing nicely in a partially shady spot. Flush of rain seems to have stunted their growth, but the sun has been out the past couple days and they are doing OK. High germination rate w/ Park Seed.

Positive

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

San Antonio, TX
These dwarf pentas with dark green leaves have been blooming all summer and have not skipped a beat even in 108 degree weather planted next to the curb with even higher tempertures radiating from the street's asphalt. The only other plants that have survived in this area in the summer have been purslane, moss rose and zinnias. Several are planted where they receive morning sun and afternoon shade and they are performing equally well, but are not as tall. Not bearing nectar, they do NOT attract butterflies nor bees unfortunately. 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 sim... read more