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Pentas flowers.jpg
Pentas sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Knoxieae
Genus: Pentas

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Pentas is a genus of plants in the family Rubiaceae. The plants have hairy green leaves and clusters of flowers in shades of red, white, pink, and purple. Pentas are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Some species are commonly cultivated and can be grown in pots and baskets. Species such as P. lanceolata can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot.[1]

Species include:[2][3]


  1. ^ Floridata: Pentas lanceolata. Floridata.
  2. ^ Pentas Species List. Germplasm Resources Information Network.
  3. ^ Pentas. The Plant List.

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