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PENTAS lanceolata 'Northern Lights Lavender'

Image of Pentas lanceolata 'Northern Lights Lavender'

Nancy Engel

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

PENTAS lanceolata 'Northern Lights Lavender'

Plant Common Name

Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas, Starflower

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General Description

Talk about a butterfly magnet! Egyptian starcluster is a tropical, shrubby, evergreen perennial that is often grown as an annual in temperate climates. This everblooming North African native has dark green, lance-shaped leaves and bears many clusters of small tubular, star-shaped flowers that may be red, pink, white or lavender, depending on the cultivar. There are lots of selections to choose from, including the compact, floriferous members of the New Look series. Deadhead plants regularly to encourage continued bloom.

Heat and drought tolerant once established, Egyptian starcluster prefers full to part sun and fertile soil with good drainage. It is vigorous, easy to grow and works well in sunny borders, butterfly gardens or container plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 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, Average Water

  • 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