Pentas is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae. The genus is found in tropical and southern Africa, the Comoros, Madagascar, and the Arabian Peninsula.[1]

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Pentas lanceolata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Subfamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Knoxieae
Genus: Pentas
Type species
Pentas lanceolata
(Forssk.) Deflers

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 Pentas lanceolata can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot.[2]


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  1. ^ "Pentas in the World Checklist of Rubiaceae". Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ Floridata: Pentas lanceolata. Floridata.