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PENTAS (ATHENA SERIES)

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Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

PENTAS( ATHENA SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Starcluster

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General Description

Sweetly colored with dome-shaped blossom clusters, the Athena Series of Egyptian starcluster continues the reputation of being a butterfly magnet in the garden. These are tropical, shrubby, evergreen perennials that are often grown as bedding annuals in frost-affected climates. As hybrids they are derived from everblooming African or Arabian starcluster species with dark green, lance-shaped leaves.

Selections in the Athena Series include plants with rounded clusters of tiny starry flowers that are either red, pink, rose, magenta, fuchsia, pink-violet or white. The plants are freely flowering and contrast nicely against the dark foliage, and perform best in long, warm summer areas.

Heat and drought tolerant once established, Egyptian starclusters are best grown in full to part sun and fertile, moist soil with good drainage. Those of the Athena Series are easy to grow and work well in sunny annual borders and beds, butterfly gardens or containers, varying on their use based on if a standard or dwarf-sized cultivar. In tropical regions they perennialize to form nice accent clumps or billowing groundcovers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8"-14" / 20.3cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Africa, Madagascar

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Pink, Hot Pink, Rose, Dark Red, Lavender, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No