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PENTAS lanceolata 'Longwood Pink'

Image of Pentas lanceolata 'Longwood Pink'

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Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

PENTAS lanceolata 'Longwood Pink'

Plant Common Name

Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas, Starflower

Special Notice

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General Description

Sure to draw a fluttering dance of butterflies, Longwood Pink Egyptian starcluster is a small, compactly sized plant with pink flowers often used in annual beds. This tropical, rounded, tender perennial have dark green, lance-shaped leaves and bears many clusters of small tubular, star-shaped, creamy light pink flowers when temperatures are warm. It is everblooming and appreciates regular deadheading to ensure a continual flush of new blossoms.

Heat, humidity and drought tolerant once established, 'Longwood Pink' prospers in full to part sun and fertile, well drained soil. It is a vigorous tender perennial that is ideally used as an annual bedding plant for front edges of sunny borders, butterfly gardens, and small hanging baskets, window boxes and patio 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

    1'-6' / 0.3m - 1.8m

  • Width

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • 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

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Pink, Lavender

  • 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, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes