Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Pentis is one of the easiest flowering plants to grow and, come in a range of colors. You'll find pentis in white, red, light pink, hot pinks, pale pink and, lavendar as shown in the picture above. The pentis is a perennial here in Florida as, even when they die during a freeze, in most cases they will come back. Any flower that comes back from a freeze is truly the ideal plant for the garden.
You can find pentis in just about any garden center. You will find some pentis will grow up to 2 1/2 feet and others, usually marked as dwarf are about 1 foot tall. You'll also find the pentis attracts many types of butterflies and hummingbirds too. They love the rich color as well as the variety of small bunches of blossoms.
These plants do best in sun to partial shade, especially during the summer. The flowers will keep on blooming as long as you dead head the spent flowers. When I dead head, I also trim the plant a little. Remember, when you trim a plant it will produce two stems which, will bring double the blooms.
Pentis are very easy to propagate. Just cut the stem, stick it into root tone and, plant into a pot full of dirt. It is a very hardy plant. It is not drought tolerant however but, it will tell you when it needs water.
You'll definately find pentis in my garden during the entire year. It doesn't really have a scent but, the blossoms are one of the most attractive in the garden.