Pentas is a genus of plants in the family Rubiaceae. Pentas lanceolata, commonly known as Egyptian Starflower, is a specie within the genus that is native to much of Africa as well as Yemen. Pentas lanceolata can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot. It is known for its wide use as a garden plant where it often accompanies butterfly gardens.
The Graffiti pentas series is a well-known dwarf variety from Benary. A real heat and sun lover, this hybrid produces large clusters of flowers on naturally well-branched plants. Its has a uniformity of plant habit and bloom time. With its bright colors and abundance of nectar, Graffiti pentas are a sure attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds throughout the summer months.
- Extremely uniform across the series in height and flower timing
- Dense, tight flower clusters
In the Garden
Pentas is one of the best butterfly-attracting plants around. It blooms all summer long, even during the hottest weather, with large clusters of starry blooms that attract butterflies by the dozens as well as hummingbirds.
Pentas are generally grown in the ground as bedding annuals that are replaced in the garden each spring. It can also be grown in pots/containers as frost-tender perennials that are overwintered indoors. Pentas can be effectively gown indoors too, under artificial lights.
- Blooms during summer.
- Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Caring & Growing
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11. Pentas is grown as an annual in most parts of the country. Plant it outdoors only after all danger of frost has passed.
Tolerates part shade, but best flowering in full sun.
it is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils. Best in organically rich, fertile soils.
Spread 2 inches of mulch around the plants each spring. Mulch keeps in soil moisture and prevents weed growth. Replenish the mulch layer in fall for perennial pentas to provide some insulation for the roots against winter cold.
Water the pentas when the top 2 to 4 inches of soil begins to dry out. Provide about 1 to 2 inches of water per plant or enough to thoroughly moisten the top 6 inches of soil. Allow the soil to dry before the next watering.
Fertilize annual plants monthly during the growing season. Use a soluble balanced fertilizer blend at the package-recommended rate. Fertilize perennial plants with a slow-release balanced fertilizer in spring when new growth begins and again at midsummer, following the package rate.
Misc. Maintenance Tips
Cut back overgrown or dead stems at any time during the growing season to improve the plant’s appearance.