Pentas (Star Cluster)
Pentas, known for their vibrant star-shaped flowers, are popular tropical perennials cherished by gardeners and pollinators alike. These resilient plants exhibit a bushy habit, typically reaching 2 to 3 feet in height (60-90 cm), and often display a nearly equal spread.
Hardiness: With an ability to thrive in USDA hardiness zones 10 to 11, pentas are often grown as annuals in cooler climates, where they provide a continuous display of color throughout the summer until the first frost
Flowers: The flowers come in a wide array of colors, including pink, red, white, lavender, and shades of bright to deep purple. Each individual floret joins others in a clustered umbel, resembling a starburst.
Uses: Gardeners frequently use pentas for a variety of purposes: as bedding plants for vivid color, in borders for structure, or in containers where their upright growth can be showcased. These versatile plants are also excellent for butterfly gardens, as they are a favored nectar source for these fluttering insects.
Benefits: The benefits of pentas extend beyond their ornamental value. They are renowned for attracting a host of pollinators, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees, thus playing a critical role in the health of local ecosystems. Their ability to bloom prolifically with minimal care makes them a sustainable choice for gardeners looking to maximize their garden’s ecological impact with little effort.