Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower
Pentas lanceolata 'Starcluster Appleblossom'
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower flowers
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Height: 18 inches
Spacing: 15 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Egyptian Star Flower, Star Cluster, Starflower
Group/Class: Starcluster Series
Brand: Syngenta Flowers
Vibrant blooms are big, bold, and a magnet for pollinators; very heat tolerant, with a vigorous, upright habit; ideal for stunning summer combinations
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower features showy corymbs of shell pink star-shaped flowers with a cherry red reverse at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. Its large textured pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Starcluster™ Appleblossom Star Flower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.