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Pentas are a perennial slow growing shrub commonly planted as a bedding flower.  If their needs are accommodated for they can grow up to a 6 foot shrub. They can handle more sun in the Spring and Fall, but need filtered light or shaded in the afternoon during the Summer. Pentas like a well draining soil and require minimal maintenance. Although if in the shade they may get leggy,  prune to encourage a denser plant and more blooms.  They bloom Spring through fall.