Late to the Garden Party: My favorite plant this week: Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom'

Late to the Garden Party: My favorite plant this week: Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom'

Late to the Garden Party: My favorite plant this week: Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom'

When the garden as a whole is not looking its best, the plants that sail through the pressures that beat most down really shine. At present, one such plant is Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom.' This plant is more resilient than any of the other Pentas I've grown. Pentas lanceolata ​​i> is classified as a semi-tropical shrub but it's usually grown as an annual. I planted this one in June 2013 and it's still going strong.

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 not 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.

Vase containing Penta lanceolate, photographed in late October

i> Pentas lanceolata 'Kaleidoscope Appleblossom' is my pick as my favorite plant this week. Please visit Loree at danger garden to view her choice this week's favorite plant.

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