Such strikingly beautiful plants with their glossy dark foliage and bright cerise red flower clusters. I discovered that DEER also love this plant and find it delicious! Out of 4 new pentas, they left me 1 to admire, but no doubt, only until their next nocturnal visit. Because my neighbourhood is infested with deer who nibble away almost everything, my gardening is limited to what they don't devour...
Sunstar® Red Egyptian Star Flower Pentas lanceolata
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesFANCY, yet UNFUSSY.
Extra-large clusters of flowers on dark green foliage, these heat tolerant plants bring on the pollinators and bloom nonstop all summer without any deadheading.Award WinnerContinuous Bloom or RebloomerDisease ResistantLong BloomingHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:BeesButterfliesHummingbirds
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:18 - 22 InchesSpacing:10 - 14 InchesSpread:16 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:Cherry RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:Border PlantUses:ContainerUses:Cut FlowerUses:Dried FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Great in containers and landscapes. Can be used as a cut flower where it is best used in shorter vessels.Maintenance Notes:
Pentas is best grown in good, moist soil, but it can tolerate poorer soils as well. They prefer a pH close to 7, so consider amending soil with pelletized lime if planting in an area with highly acidic soil. They are quite heat tolerant. An application of controlled release fertilizer at planting should be sufficient, but an additional application in mid-summer will help the plants thrive into Fall.Sunstar® Red Pentas lanceolata 'PEZZ0004' USPP 26,359, Can 4,942
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Anna E, British Columbia, Canada, 1 year ago
These are so beautiful and vibrant! I wanted to start keeping some plants indoors, and bought these to try figuring they could live on my patio if they didn't like being inside. They have made it through me figuring out optimal watering habits and varying sun exposure. They weren't looking as happy as I wanted on my patio (which is really only part sun at best), but I moved them inside once my grow light came in and they have begun to thrive! The colors are rich. My white grow light is set to run 12 hours a day, which was the first time length I tried, and they have grown up, had increased blooms, and color improvement. Would highly recommend. As long as you can get them plenty of light, they are excellent!BeginnerPlantMom, Alabama, United States, 2 years ago
Last year I grew traditional red pentas for the first time with good success. My garden center had the sunstars from proven winners this year and from watching garden answer I'm happy to purchase and try out more proven winners products. I bought three colors, 2 pinks and a red. They were destined to go in my messy and neglected butterfly garden. I used soil from my garden (not the best) and honestly was not consistent with water at first. The red penta seems more vigorous and has consistently bloomed through my abuse. The pinks are still alive, but not blooming as consistent. Not their fault, but I think it's worth mentioning.liz, Michigan, United States, 2 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial 2020 Highlight Plant Week 9/28 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville 2020 Highlight Plant Week 8/17 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2020 Leaders of the Pack North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum 2020 Top Performer University of Georgia 2019 Top Performer - Early Season Michigan State University 2019 Top Performer Oregon State University 2019 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale 2019 Perfect Score all Season Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens 2019 Leader of the Pack - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum