PENTAS Pentas lanceolata (PEN-tas lan-see-oh-LAY-tah)
Family: Rubiaceae (Madder)
Annual - Sun / Part Shade Height 24" — Spread 18"-24” — Spacing 12"-18"
HABIT: Blooms all summer in red, white, lavender, pink and candy stripe.
CULTURE: Easy to grow annual. Plant after frost danger in well-drained soil. Moderate water and fertilizer needs. Best to allow for afternoon shade.
USES: Excellent summer annual. Great for true red color, but available in several colors.
PROBLEMS: None serious. A favorite of the Tersa moth caterpillar.
NOTES: Not widely used but should be. Also called Egyptian star cluster.
Caterpillars of this species of moth pollinators (Xylophanes tersa) feed on plants in the madder family, including pentas