In a Vase on Monday – Heirloom Pentas

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Last week I attended a talk about Butterfly Gardening, so naturally I had to add to my collection of nectar plants for pollinators. I bought an Heirloom Penta (Pentas lanceolata), the deep red flower in the middle of the vase. This may be my new favorite flower, they are sometimes called Egyptian Star Flower and are perennials in my part of Florida. This one is supposed to grow to three or maybe, five feet tall! It is a rich, deep, red with dark green foliage, I really need a few more now that I have seen them in the garden. I also saw my first Monarch Butterfly today. Here it is in the garden:


I wish I had taken the picture before I cut the flowers. Oh, well. A close up of the vase:

20190317_105435The white flowers at the bottom of the arrangement are from the White Geiger Tree (Cordia boissieri); yellow and red are native Gallardia (Gallardia pulchella); orange flowers are from the Mexican Flame Vine (Psuedogynoxys chenopodiodes); white daisies are Spanish Needles (Bidens alba); grey, fuzzy leaves are from the Licorice plant (Helichryseum petiiolaris); backdrop foliage is Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata); striped leaves and blue flowers are from Blue Flax Lilies (Dianella caerulea) and a few Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea).

The first mangoes of the year have formed on my Pickering Mango, this is a dwarf ‘condo’ Mango known for quality fruit and bearing early. We shall soon see.



35 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Heirloom Pentas

  1. Those pentas are great, but you do need the right place for them as they get really big. Butterflies and hummer do love them. Your mangos are looking really good.

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  2. May I please spend next winter with you Queen? This has been a tough one for me.

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  3. Peter Herpst says:

    Such beautiful flowers, attractive to humans as well as butterflies! Hope your mango exceeds your expectations!

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  4. Noelle says:

    Such an rich exotic show this week….and mangoes!!!! Lucky you.

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  5. Cathy says:

    that penta is s pretty – and when not in close up looks a bit like a red hydrangea. Your reds and oranges today really do conjuring up images of a different climate, assisted by all the talk of mangoes! Thanks for sharing

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  6. Karen says:

    I can’t wait to see those mangoes when they are big and ready to eat.

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  7. Christina says:

    The Pentas look great, they’ll make quite a statement in the garden if they grow to 5 feet tall. Love the combinations of the bright flowers and the silvery foliage.

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    • Thank you, Christina..I decided to get one more – planted some Gallardia, Rudbeckia and reds and purples – should be a very colorful bed. The licorice plant is going mad in a container on the front porch..not sure how long it will last.

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  8. Christina says:

    …… oh and those mangoes, wow!

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  9. Kris P says:

    I wish Pentas did nearly as well here! Ours are short-lived and in fact just this morning I decided it’s time to replace my pink and white ‘Kaleidoscope Appleblossom’ variety. My Dianella seems prone to spreading but has yet to produce a single flower spike.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Ooh, to grow mangoes and papayas – how lucky you are! The pentas are such a vibrant red, I expect you’ll attract lots of butterflies (and hummingbirds, too).

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  11. Chloris says:

    A gorgeous vase, Amy. I love the red pentas. And those mangos look promising, how wonderful to grow your own papayas and mangos.

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  12. tonytomeo says:

    Your vases have more of the unfamiliar flowers than any others. I can sort of recognize most of what the others use. These flowers from Florida are totally strange though.

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  13. Cathy says:

    Pentas are sold as summer bedding plants here, like in Atlanta, so it is amazing to hear they grow so big! That red is a glorious colour in your lovely vase. 🙂 Good to hear you have Monarchs already. Our butterflies are also slowly reappearing and I wish I had more to offer them so early in the season!

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  14. Love my Pentas! I have many a color in my yard because they are so easy to keep alive! Lol.


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