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Review on seed grown Penta Varieties

For those of us in warmer climates, we can all rejoice that pentas or Egyptian star flower is eeing a renaissance in breeding. It seems every breeding company is coming out with a new seed-grown serie of this tough annual.

Historically, gardeners overlooked this genus' bad traits of gangly, too-tall growth and sparse flowering because of its ability to thrive in hot, humid summers, versatility to grow in full sun or shade and tolerance for higher-pH soils.  The vibrant-colored flower clusters also had great promise.  The earliest pentas on the market were not particularly showy in the landscape or in retail containers.

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