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Pentas lanceolata

Common Name: Egyptian Star Cluster

Plant Family: Rubiaceae

Pentas lanceolata
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Size/Qty:  12 cm pots


Hardiness/minimum temperature:  very tender - minimum plus 10 to 15 deg. C.
Position/ Situation:  Heated Conservatory, greenhouse or indoors
Sun/ Shade:  Sun to Part Shade
Planting Style:  sub tropical bed out
Suggested Use:  Butterfly House
Season of Interest:  Summer to Autumn
Flower Colour:  Mixed
Leaf Colour:  Green
Height:  low (up to 3 feet)
Habit/Shape:  Bushy
Evergreen:  Yes


A tender evergreen perennial from sub-tropical areas in Africa. In summer it produces clusters of pink, red or white star-shaped flowers over a long period especially if deadheaded and fed regularly. The flowers are very nectar-rich and this is an idea plant for a Butterfly house. Also makes a good house plant or colour on the summer patio. Mature height and spread is 1m (3ft) if given a large enough pot.

When potting on we recommend using a loam-based compost (John Innes No.3) with added sand mixed in for drainage. You can use ordinary multipurpose or peat free compost if you wish or even a mixture. Place somewhere with good natural light but with some protection from very hot sun. In a south facing conservatory or window keep an eye on the plant and if it shows signs of distress move it to a slightly cooler location. These plants can be stood outside for the summer but must be brought in well before any frosts are forecast. Don’t put outside before the end of May because of the risk of frost.

Deadhead regularly during the flowering season to encourage the formation of more flower buds. In summer feed monthly with a high potash feed such as Tomato food. Water regularly but be careful not to overwater. If anything they prefer to be slightly on the dry side. Certainly not permanently wet.

Keep at a minimum temperature of 10°C . Although evergreen in its natural habitat it is likely to die back in winter in the UK unless additional light is provided by means of Grow Lights


Mainland UK  £8.50-£10 Local delivery Postcodes IP1-IP8 & CO10 (minimum order value applies please click here for details) FREE
Seeds & cuttings only  £2 Collect from our Nursery (Elmsett, Suffolk, IP7 6LZ) FREE
Scottish Highlands & offshore Islands From £10    

 

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Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 9cm or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx 12cm diameter)
  • Herbs: 9cm
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 
  • Potted Bulbs: variable- please see "Size/Qty" on product information page 
  • Dormant Bulbs, Tubers and Bare-root perennials come either bagged or wrapped without a pot

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall