This beautiful plant encourages butterflies and hummingbirds to visit your garden as they are nectar-rich and very colorful. The Pentas plants, also commonly called Egyptian star flower, are frost-tender perennials native to Yemen and East Africa.
They grow 3 feet tall with an upright growth habit. Clusters of colorful, star-shaped flowers bloom from spring through fall in shades of white, red, pink, purple and lavender.
Pentas make a welcome addition to gardens due to their relatively low maintenance requirements. For the best results, start planting during late spring using a well-drained, moist soil and plenty of sunlight for good measure. They prefer a soil that doesn’t stay soggy after heavy rainfall or irrigation. Choose an area that gets more than 6 hours of bright sunlight every day. When planting multiples, space plants 18 to 24 inches between each plant.
In addition to sunlight, Pentas care requires plenty of water. When you see soil begins to dry out, its time to water.
Put in an inch or two of water for every 2 to 4 inches of dry topsoil. Repeat the watering cycle when the soil begins to dry out. Keep an eye on the watering schedule, especially in the hotter summer months, when plants may require more water.