Pentas - Lucky Star

SKU: 5986
  • Available May to June 15th (Approximately)
  • Available May to June 15th (Approximately)

Tufted yellow flowers on silvery foliage; very heat and drought tolerant

Award Winner
Fall Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant


Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
 8 - 14 Inches
Trails Up To: 
 24 Inches
 8 - 12 Inches
 8 - 12 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Bloom Time: 
 Planting To Hard Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
Water Category: 
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
 Average Soil
Uses Notes: 

Use in planters or landscapes; great in informal drifts

Maintenance Notes: 

Deadheading not necessary for continuous bloom. Plants will "bury their dead" (new flowers will quickly cover old flowers) so no deadheading necessary.

This is the perfect plant for almost all gardens. They don't just tolerate heat - they love it, yet they can withstand surprisingly cold temperatures also. One year mine were blooming right up until a December storm encased them in ice. The one thing they do not like is the soil staying too wet. They are quite drought tolerant though, what we call "an end of the hose plant," which simply means they will thrive even if you don't add additional water through the summer. If they start looking tired during the summer, a trim back can help them quickly bounce back into top form. In containers regular fertilization will be helpful, but in the landscape they will tolerate poor soils and low fertility. However, a dose of slow-release fertilizer or some compost added at the time of planting would be helpful.

An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

Flambé is one of Dr. Rick Schoellhorn's top ten favorites for Florida.

Are you looking for a plant for that hot dry part of your yard that never seems to get enough water? Flambé Chrysocephalum love heat and dry conditions and flower continuously through the summer. Small round golden orange flowers cover the plants. Give them air circulation and bright sun. they can be planted at any time of year except winter in north Florida.

"This was a pleasant surprise. I've used this plant [Chrysocephalum] and loved it, but it took a while before it became commercially available and landscapers understood its toughness. It [Flambé Yellow] was placed at an entrance as a groundcover beneath 'Stars and Stripes' pentas, a welcoming sight to our visitors. Plants were less than 6 inches tall, had wonderful insect and disease-proof gray-green foliage and were covered with bazillions of bright yellow flowers just above the foliage. Congratulations to Proven Winners and thank you for allowing us to trial this cultivar." - Dr. Allan Armitage, University of Georgia

Drought tolerant, Heat tolerant, sandy soil tolerant, frost
tolerant to 30F with minimal damage, so good for extending season both in spring and in fall. Somewhat salt tolerant.

Goes great with: Coleus Royal Glissade, Superbells Calibrachoa, any annuals or perennials where silver foliage can act as an accent. Best in bright full sun conditions!

Habit: Low mounding cultivars

Season: Spring through fall

Where does it come from: Tasmania and Australia

Tips: Like all Chrysocephalum and Helichrysum these plants love full hot sun and good air

Flambe® Yellow Chrysocephalum apiculatum 'Flochryel' USPP 19,175, Can 3,280

To help ensure your satisfaction, Peter Knippel Nursery Inc. offers the following guarantee:

GUARANTEE: Peter Knippel Nursery Inc. agrees to replace once at no charge, any tree, shrub or evergreen purchased at regular retail price, which fails to grow in the first year from date of purchase.

Roses are guaranteed for the duration of the first growing season (from Spring to Fall) from the date of purchase.

Plants purchased on sale are guaranteed to the sale price only.

In no case shall Peter Knippel Nursery Inc. be liable for more than the amount of the original purchase price.

NOT COVERED: The guarantee does not apply to annuals, tropicals, houseplants, perennials, above-ground planters, sod, bulbs, seeds, customer plants which have been transplanted or ‘final sale’ items. Roses are not guaranteed over the winter months.

We do not guarantee against losses due to vandalism, theft, mechanical or chemical injury, animal damage, pest damage, neglect, improper care or severe weather conditions beyond our control.

CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY: The purchaser agrees to follow proper planting, maintenance, watering frequency and winter protection.

If replacement is necessary, the customer is responsible for presenting the failed plant material and the original purchase invoice.