Saturday, 1 March 2014

Pentas

March 2014 flower of the month: Pentas
Common Name: Egyptian Star Cluster

This compact shrub comes from tropical Africa. Somewhat resembling Bouvardia and easily grown from soft-tip cuttings taken any time from spring to early autumn. Pentas prefers a wet summer and a warm winter so is an ideal choice for the Coffs Coast. Regular pinching back will encourage a neat, bushy habit and many more clusters of flowers. All species of Pentas grow fast, reaching 60-100cm in a couple of seasons; they will grow quite happily in pots too!

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