Name: Pentas lanceolata aka star flower
Type of Plant: Perennial in Zone 10 to 11 but an annual in most of the USA. Grows best in full sun.
Why I Love This Plant: I love this annual because it attracts bees and butterflies, and the bright-colored flowers continue all summer. I appreciate how well it works with other annuals in mixed containers or beds. And I like how easy it is.
A Word to the Wise: You don’t have to deadhead this annual, but in close-up situations such as containers, it does improve the look of the plant.