The Pentas belongs to the Rubiaceae family of plants with star-shaped flowers. The name Pentas comes from the Greek word ‘Penta’ meaning ‘five’ and refers to the star-shaped flower with its five petals. The Pentas comes in a wide variety of colours. Plants can be found with red, pink, magenta, purple, white, lavender- or salmon-coloured flowers. Butterflies are extremely attracted to the tubular flowers. This plant originates from North-East Africa and Egypt, hence it is also referred to by the name ‘Egyptian Star Cluster’.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
The Pentas is an ideal pot plant for your patio or balcony and it likes nothing better than to be placed in a sunny spot.
Caring for your Pentas
You should water your Pentas regularly. Keep the soil nice and moist but not too wet. It is a good idea to remove faded flowers as this will allow your plant to put all its energy into producing new flowers rather than seeds. Has midsummer been and gone and now that it is late summer, your plant is not flowering quite as much? If so, adjust your watering accordingly. The same goes for the amount of plant food you give your plant.
Keep your Pentas in shape by topping newly formed shoots regularly.