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Pentas in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Pentas

 

Pentas

Pentas are tropical flowering plants that have hairy green leaves and clusters of flowers in shades of red, white, pink, and purple. Some species are commonly cultivated and can be grown in pots and baskets. It is a scrubby plant with an unruly shape.

 
plant Features
  • Pentas likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Pentas likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Pentas is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Pentas likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Pentas

Latin name

Pentas

type

Perennial

family

Rubiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Pentas likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Pentas is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Pentas likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Pentas likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Pentas is 0.50meters x 0.50meters 0.50 M 0.50 M

Pentas

Pentas are tropical flowering plants that have hairy green leaves and clusters of flowers in shades of red, white, pink, and purple. Some species are commonly cultivated and can be grown in pots and baskets. It is a scrubby plant with an unruly shape.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Pentas grow fairly slowly and in temperate climates, are usually planted as container or annual bedding plants. If growing outdoors, they will need winter protection and will die back once the temperature falls to 10C. They can then be dug up and planted into a conatainer for over-wintering. Site them in full sun and in moist but well drained soil, enriched with quality compost or manure. In containers, any good quality multi-purpose compoist will surfice but they must be kept moist and be sited where they will get plenty of sun.

 
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