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PENTAS lanceolata 'Graffiti Red Lace'

Image of Pentas lanceolata 'Graffiti Red Lace' (GRAFFITI SERIES)

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Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

PENTAS lanceolata 'Graffiti Red Lace'( GRAFFITI SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas, Starflower

Special Notice

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General Description

Dual-colored and a magnet for butterflies and the inquisitive hummingbird, the fiery red flowers of the Graffiti Red Lace pentas is perfect for the hot summer. A bushy, compact, tropical perennial that is often grown as an annual, it has origins from plants native to northeastern Africa. Lacking frosts, it is evergreen and has dark green, lance-shaped leaves that contrast nicely with its large, vibrant red clusters of small tubular, star-shaped flowers with white "lacy" stamens. These are everblooming but appreciate regular deadheading for the best continuing flower display.

Heat, humidity and drought tolerant once established, Egyptian starcluster needs full to part sun and fertile, well drained soil. It is a vigorous tender perennial that is ideal for sunny borders, butterfly gardens, hanging baskets and containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Africa, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • 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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No