University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers & Indoor Plants

Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)

Pentas is an upright herbaceous perennial three to four feet in height. Leaves are simple, opposite, ovate, have prominent veins on the undersides, and may be variegated. Leaves and stems are covered with fine hairs. Flowers are three inch wide dense clusters of long-tubed, star-shaped flowers. Available in white, pink, red, and lavender, these blossoms are extremely popular with butterflies and hummingbirds.