Thursday, July 17, 2008

Plant of the Month - Pentas

I've got pentas in my yard and love them. They're great butterfly attracters. This month we're featuring them as the Plant of the Month.

Here's what Gardening in a Minute writes about them.

"When other plants fade in Florida’s hot and humid summers, perennials like Pentas lanceolata truly shine. These attractive plants produce red, pink, or white flowers throughout the summer and are a great source of food for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Pentas is one of those plants like coleus and vinca that has become widely known by its Latin name instead of a different common name. The genus is so-named because there are five lobes at the end of each tubular flower."

I love the sweet little flowers on these. Don't you?

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