Jeb Fields, Edwards, Ashley, Kirk-Ballard, Heather
Pentas, also known as Egyptian starcluster, are some of the best landscape plants for attracting pollinators to a garden, and with their bright, vivid colors, pentas attract people as well. The Louisiana Super Plants program already includes Butterfly pentas. However, Lucky Star pentas is so good that it was time to add another group. Across our trial sites and through the years, these continue to be top performers. In fact, Lucky Star Dark Red was one of the top winners in the 2018 Hammond Research Station Ornamental Trials, and Lucky Star Lavender was one of the top performers in the 2019 Hammond Research Station Ornamental Trials and Container Trials. Lucky Star pentas are grown by seed and are more compact than most other pentas, typically growing to only 10 to 16 inches tall, yet they still provide nonstop color throughout the season. High bloom density and large bloom openings keep butterflies and pollinators coming back for more throughout the season. Pentas do not need deadheading to have long-lasting color and they are very tolerant of Louisiana’s extreme climate. They perform well through the lengthy droughts in late summer.
Currently, seven colors are available in the Lucky Star series, including Lipstick, White Improved, Deep Pink, Lavender, Pink, Violet and Dark Red.
Lucky Star lavender makes a fantastic container plant.
Lucky Star Dark Red provides excellent contrast against deep green foliage.
Lucky Star pentas are compact and full of bloom power.