This week's "What is it Wednesday" was a zoomed in picture of Pentas Lanceolata or common name Penta. I've also seen it called Star Flower. Both common names come from the shape of the flower. Penta is derived from the Latin word "pentaculum" which literally means "little five". The Greeks then began using "Penta" to mean "five" as a prefix in words. Star Flower doesn't have any fun history but is obviously named after the star shaped flower.
For you SpongeBob fans out there.... I very much wanted to photoshop Patrick Star's face on the photo!
Pentas are a Florida Friendly landscaping perennial plant that come in white, red, purple, and pink colors. They are great for attracting butterflies and adding color to the garden.
Did you have a hard time figuring out what plant this was? I do admit, the zoomed in picture I selected did make it hard. Thank you everyone for participating!! We do have a winner this week so check your inboxes to see if it was you!
Don't forget that we donate to the Florida Native Plant Society every time we host "What is it Wednesday". For every 10 participants we make a donation. So even if you don't know the answer, take a wild guess so we can raise money!