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Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom - Star Clusters

Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom is spectacular in the butterfly garden and a great nectar source for the California Dogface Butterfly, Gulf Frittilary, Painted Lady, Western Tiger Swallowtail and the Pale Tiger Swallowtail and others. But Pentas plants are frost tender and a bit thirsty. If planted in full sun quite a bit thirsty. Give plenty of water but don't leave them soggy and this perennial is good to go sun or shade. Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom is tender at 32° F and is often grown as an annual in colder areas. I grow the Star Clusters in frost free shade gardens. In the greenhouse they tend to attract whitefly. Whitefly is much less of a problem in the gardens as the whiteflies are bothered by wind. Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom grows 2-4 feet tall and wide. Because Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom is so good at attracting butterflies this plant is often used as a focal point plant in a container.

Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom

Pale pink cluster of flowers - Pentas lanceolata Kaleidoscope Appleblossom - Kaleidoscope Appleblossom Star Clusters. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.