|Pentas is a summer annual, except in warm climate areas such as Florida, sometimes grown as a houseplant. It has a spreading habit, 2 to 3 feet wide, with long, elliptic, hairy leaves. Tight,
4 inch clusters of small, star-like flowers in various colors. Regular deadheading will prolong the bloom time. Requires part shade to full sun, regular moisture, and monthly fertilizing. As a houseplant it requires a sunny window and regular feeding.
'Orchid Star' is an erect, shrubby cultivar bearing domed corymbs of lilac flowers in summer. 18 inches tall, 20 inches wide.