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Pentas lanceolata 'Carnea'

Family Name: Rubiaceae
Synonyms: Pentas carnea
Common Name: Egyptian Star Cluster
Full Sun Semi Shade Lots of Water Butterfly-Attracting Plant Ornamental Flowers Shrub


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous perennial or sub-shrub growing up to 1.3 m tall and 0.6 m wide.
Foliage Dark green, opposite leaves are narrowly ovate to lanceolate with entire leaf margin (8 - 14 cm long). Leaves are deeply veined and pubescent (hairy).
Flowers Reddish purple, star-shaped flowers are 5-petalled with a white throat. Large, terminal clusters known as corymbs are composed of about 20 - 40 flowers. This species is free-flowering.
Fruits Dry, dehiscent fruits are known as capsules (4 - 5 mm long).
Associated Fauna This cultivar is a butterfly nectar plant.
Cultivation This fast-growing cultivar is easy to grow. It should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil that is enriched with compost and organic matter to retain soil moisture. Allow the soil to dry slightly before re-watering. This cultivar blooms best when grown in full sun, but it also flowers in shade. This plant is heat tolerant up to Feed plants every month with a balanced fertilizer at half-strength. To propagate by seed, sow the seeds on the soil surface and germination will occur in 5 - 12 days.
Etymology The genus "Pentas" is derived from a Greek word that means 5 ("pente"). It may refer to the 5-petalled flowers that occur in this genus. The species epithet "lanceolata" refers to the lanceolate (lance-shaped) leaves.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Butterfly Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant (Flower Nectar)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Sun
Water Preference Lots of Water
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute, Raised / Sunken Veins
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

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Master ID 1024
Species ID 2318
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Species record last updated on: 29 November 2022.