My plant is almost 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, which is on the upper end of the spectrum quoted for this variety. Mine receives partial shade but the species can handle full sun. However, it can't handle freezing temperatures and is best suited to USDA zones 10a-11. Although it can tolerate dry conditions, as my plant has, the stress may make it prone to infestations of spider mites.
The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I dead-head it regularly to keep the flowers coming. It produces blooms almost year-round.
The flowers also do very well in a vase.
|Vase containing Penta lanceolata, photographed in late October 2013|
Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' is my pick as my favorite plant this week. Please visit Loree at danger garden to view her choice as this week's favorite plant.
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