Are you searching for a hummingbird or butterfly-loving plant for your Southwest Florida garden? If so, search no more–pentas is your plant. Africa-native pentas comes in many colors to suit any gardener’s desire (red, white, lavender, purple and shades of pink) and some are even two-toned. Dark green (somewhat furry), deeply veined leaves create a lush backdrop for prolific flower clusters that self-deadhead. How much more low maintenance can you get?
Depending on the variety, they can grow upright or in a mounding form, and in our warm climate they’ll constantly bloom. Pentas thrives in soil that retains a bit of moisture, and they can take shade or sun (more sun = more blooms). We’ve found that pentas is an ideal plant to mix with any number of plants and adds a punch of color when planted in drifts of uniform shades. Contact your local landscape professional for ideas on how best to use pentas in your home garden.
Why the name? Because of the five-pointed petals on the flowers.
Besides looking beautiful, what else is pentas good for? Slope/erosion control and bridal bouquets.