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Star Clusters
Scientific Name: Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers
Synonym:
Family: Rubiaceae
Star Clusters (Pentas  lanceolata) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones as annual
USDA: 6-10 as annual, 10-11 as perennial

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Northeastern Africa, Egypt

Growth Habits: Perennial, generally treated as annual, 2 to 4 feet tall (0.6-1.2 m), 18 inches to 3 feet wide (45-90 cm); opposite, rough leaves

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Cuttings


Cultural Practices:
Water well after planting. The Star Clusters are also used as a house plant, where they need a bright location. When used as a perennial, prune short in the spring to promote new growth. Nematode can be a problem.

Blooming Habits:
White to red, or lavender clusters of 1 inch long (2.5 cm), tubular flowers. The Pentas bloom all year if the climate is warm enough.

Fruiting Habits:


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