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Sunstar® Red Egyptian Star Flower Pentas lanceolata

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
22" 2' 56cm 61cm
Height: 18" - 22"
Spread: 16" - 2'
Height: 46cm - 56cm
Spread: 41cm - 61cm
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  • Details

    18 - 22 Inches
    10 - 14 Inches
    16 - 24 Inches
    46cm - 56cm
    25cm - 36cm
    41cm - 61cm


    Extra-large clusters of flowers on dark green foliage, these heat tolerant plants bring on the pollinators and bloom nonstop all summer without any deadheading.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Disease Resistant
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 22 Inches 46cm - 56cm
    10 - 14 Inches 25cm - 36cm
    16 - 24 Inches 41cm - 61cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Cherry Red
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Dried Flower
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in containers and landscapes. Can be used as a cut flower where it is best used in shorter vessels.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Pentas is best grown in good, moist soil, but it can tolerate poorer soils as well. They prefer a pH close to 7, so consider amending soil with pelletized lime if planting in an area with highly acidic soil. They are quite heat tolerant. An application of controlled release fertilizer at planting should be sufficient, but an additional application in mid-summer will help the plants thrive into Fall.

    Sunstar® Red Pentas lanceolata 'PEZZ0014' USPP 31,989
  • 3 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Such strikingly beautiful plants with their glossy dark foliage and bright cerise red flower clusters. I discovered that DEER also love this plant and find it delicious! Out of 4 new pentas, they left me 1 to admire, but no doubt, only until their next nocturnal visit. Because my neighbourhood is infested with deer who nibble away almost everything, my gardening is limited to what they don't devour...

      Anna E
      , British Columbia
      , Canada
      , 2 years ago
    • These are so beautiful and vibrant! I wanted to start keeping some plants indoors, and bought these to try figuring they could live on my patio if they didn't like being inside. They have made it through me figuring out optimal watering habits and varying sun exposure. They weren't looking as happy as I wanted on my patio (which is really only part sun at best), but I moved them inside once my grow light came in and they have begun to thrive! The colors are rich. My white grow light is set to run 12 hours a day, which was the first time length I tried, and they have grown up, had increased blooms, and color improvement. Would highly recommend. As long as you can get them plenty of light, they are excellent!

      , Alabama
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Last year I grew traditional red pentas for the first time with good success. My garden center had the sunstars from proven winners this year and from watching garden answer I'm happy to purchase and try out more proven winners products. I bought three colors, 2 pinks and a red. They were destined to go in my messy and neglected butterfly garden. I used soil from my garden (not the best) and honestly was not consistent with water at first. The red penta seems more vigorous and has consistently bloomed through my abuse. The pinks are still alive, but not blooming as consistent. Not their fault, but I think it's worth mentioning.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
  • 21 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2022 Flameproof Dallas Arboretum
    2020 Highlight Plant Week 8/17 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2020 Leaders of the Pack North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer Biltmore Estate
    2020 Highlight Plant Week 9/28 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2019 Top 10 for Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2019 Top Performer - Hanging Baskets University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2019 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
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