The shades of these colored flowers the Pentas Lanceolata produce as a fast growing shrub will knock you out with its brightly colored star cluster flowers it produces!
These plants are also perfect for tropical evergreen gardens if you live in an area where it’s more like its natural tropical habitat at least warmer climates and where there is no frost in the winter.
This hardy shrub is native to tropical East Africa. Yet it has made its way around the world adapting fairly well to changing biomes and weather but it will only grow as an evergreen in conditions that are more tropical with humidity.
In Zones 10-11 are where it grows best as evergreen shrubs, but it can sometimes adapt to places with frost, BUT they must be taken in if in pots or dug up and replanted in the spring.
The look of its lightly fuzzy leaves and bright colors of star clusters of pink, purple, red, white or lavender flowers makes flowering plant identification rather easy with its recognizable characteristics.
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These easy to grow flowers will add splashes of bright colors throughout your garden, giving it a more colorful and exotic look!
These shrub pictures above of the Pentas lanceolata Are Dorann's pink and the one with the butter fly is Danaus plexippus both are green shrubs with brightly colored flowers, that are attractive to butterfly’s and even for attracting humming birds.
These will grow to about 18 inches tall and sometimes up to 3 feet and are an exceptional addition for tropical shrubs to your garden.
If they do get tall and gangly you may need to use my favorite thin bamboo sticks to hold up the blooms because they are flowers are held in terminal clusters that can get heavy.
I often get asked how do plants grow in different climates than what it’s used to.
Well it’s kind of like evolution where over time they adapt and change to its surrounding biome of climate. Some never completely adapt, that’s why some evergreens can’t survive in places that get snow and heavy frost.
They love full sun and lots of water but as most tropical’s they like to dry out a bit before watering again.
Most of us because of where we live do not have the rich rainforest soil so using a fertilizer depending on what kind weather its a time released or a liquid should be applied either once a month for the liquid diluted a bit than what the directions call for or every three months for a time released fertilizer.
The list of plant names as a plant identifier and scientific name of this plant is Pentas Lanceolata but go by names of Stars and Stripes Pentas, Dorann's Pink, Danaus Plexippus, Deep Rose Penta, Light Lavender Penta, and Cherry Red Penta.