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Care of the plant Pentas lanceolata or Egyptian starcluster.

Care of the plant Pentas lanceolata or Egyptian starcluster

The genus Pentas, family Rubiaceae, comprises 80 species of perennial plants native to Africa. Some species are: Pentas lanceolata, Pentas nobilis, Pentas longiflora, Pentas bussei, Pentas zanzibarica.

Common names: Egyptian starcluster, Egyptian Star flower, Pentas, Star Cluster. This species is native to Arabian penninsula and Eastern Africa.

They are perennial plants with vertical stems and rounded bearing that reach 1 meter in height. The bright green leaves can be lanceolate or oval. The small, star-shaped flowers appear in compact clusters and can be pink, red, white, or lilac. They bloom from summer to fall.

They are used to form borders and in pots for balconies and terraces. They are ideal for regions with a Mediterranean climate.

Pentas lanceolata prefers full sun exposure because in semi-shade it produces fewer flowers. They do not resist frost.

The soil must be well drained and slightly acidic (pH 6.5).

Water abundantly in summer (without flooding) and moderately the rest of the year, waiting until the substrate has almost dried.

Prune the tips of the branches in late winter to maintain a rounded bearing.

Fertilize every 20 days with mineral fertilizer during flowering.

They can be attacked by whiteflies; excess moisture rots the roots.

They are propagated by cuttings in early spring or by seeds sown in the nursery in winter.

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Pentas lanceolata
Pentas lanceolata
Pentas lanceolata
 

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