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PENTAS lanceolata 'New Look Red'

Image of Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Red' (NEW LOOK SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

PENTAS lanceolata 'New Look Red'( NEW LOOK SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas, Starflower

Special Notice

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General Description

Sure to draw a fluttering dance of butterflies and hungry hummingbirds, New Look Red Egyptian starcluster is a small, compactly sized plant with vibrant red flowers often used in annual beds. This tropical, shrubby, tender perennial have dark green, lance-shaped leaves and bears many clusters of small tubular, star-shaped, red flowers with tiny white eyes 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, 'New Look Red' 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, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • 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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    Yes