Butterfly Pentas - Louisiana Super Plant Spring 2011

Regina P. Bracy, Gill, Daniel J., Owings, Allen D.

Do you love to see butterflies and hummingbirds flitting through your garden? Then you should add some Butterfly pentas to your landscape.

Butterfly pentas (Pentas lanceolata) are also called ''Egyptian starflowers.'' The flowers are rich with nectar and highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Clusters of five-petaled flowers are produced continuously all summer from spring to first frost. A single plant may produce 15 to 20 flower clusters at one time. The large flower make excellent cut flowers.

This F1 hybrid is distinctive for its compact growth habit and larger flowers than other pentas. It also has excellent garden performance.

The series includes a variety of colors – Butterfly Deep Rose, Butterfly White, Butterfly Blush, Butterfly Deep Pink, Butterfly Light Lavender, Butterfly Lavender and Butterfly Red.

Superb heat and humidity tolerance make this summer bedding plant a reliable choice for Louisiana gardeners. Expect excellent garden performance with this Louisiana Super Plant.

Growing Information:

  • Warm-season annual.
  • Full sun to part shade.
  • Grows 18-24” tall by 12-18” wide.
  • Space 12-16” apart.
  • Plant in late spring through summer.
  • Produces larger flowers than other pentas varieties.
  • Prefers moist, well-drained soil.
  • Suitable for growing in flowerbeds and containers or planted en masse in landscape borders.
  • Pinch or "deadhead" spent flower heads to promote future blooms

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