Sunstar Red Egyptian Star Flower (Pentas lanceolata 'Sunstar Red')
PEN-tas lan-see-oh-LAY-tah 'Sunstar Red'

Annual (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Rubiaceae Family
Teaser 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.

About Pentas

Commonly called Egyptian Starcluster, this striking plant blooms with - you guessed it - clusters of star-shaped, brightly colored flowers from white to many shades of pink to red.

Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love this beauty, and it makes a great filler plant for containers.

Pentas lanceolata is heat and drought resistant and loves sun, but is not cold-hardy and cannot overwinter in the ground in the Chicago area.

This plant has an exceptionally long bloom retention and will add “clusters” of color to your planters all summer long and into the fall!


Attracts butterflies

Long bloom season

Great container filler plant


This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.
Highlights Award Winner Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer Disease Resistant Long Blooming Heat Tolerant Deadheading Not Necessary

Plant Data

Mature Size 18 - 22 inches tall. 12 - 24 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 10a - 11b (Usually hardy to 30° F)
Tags Annual, Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Deer Resistant, Filler, Full Sun, Good for Beginners, Medium, Partial Sun, Rabbit Resistant, Showy Flowers
Bloom Period Spring - Fall
Flower Color Cherry Red

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Sunstar Red Egyptian Star Flower, Double Up White Begonia, Goldilocks Rocks Bidens, Heart To Heart Scarlet Flame Elephant Ear, Heart To Heart Tickle Me Pink Elephant Ear, Superbells Blackcurrant Punch Million Bells, Margarita Sweet Potato Vine, Sunstar Lavender Egyptian Star Flower, ColorBlaze Torchlight Coleus, Variegated Greater Periwinkle,
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Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.

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