I just couldn't do without Pentas in my garden. I've had at least one shrub in every garden I've had the joy to tend. They are, without a doubt, THE most reliable, fuss-free, sun and heat hardy, great looking shrubs for any tropical garden.
I have quite a few varieties and I'm afraid I don't know the cultivar names for any of them! Many were pass-alongs and those I bought as little plug seedlings were not labelled with anything other than 'Pentas'.
These fabulous little evergreen shrubs will grow to around a metre in height and here in the northern tropical areas of Australia, they flower reliably all year round.
The flowers are star-shaped and bloom in little bunches all over the plant. In fact, one of their common names is the Star Cluster plant.
Despite being known as 'Pentas', which implies that the flowers have five petals, you will notice that there are six-petalled blooms occasionally thrown into the mix.
They come in the most amazing array of colours ... pinks, lavender, purple, white, red. I have quite a few different colours and I'm always on the lookout for newer varieties.
I like mixing colours that are not considered great combinations ... the results are quite lovely sometimes.
My favourite combination of Pentas colours, however, is definitely the stark white and the deep red. They are a perfect match.
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