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Lantana camara

Lantana is a member of the Lantana (Shrub verbena) family. Its botanical name is Lantana camara.

Lantana is a perennial shrub growing up to 2m hight in favourable conditions. It has a square shaped stem and tubular florets for colourful clusters of yellow cream pink and orange. Colours changing as the flowers mature. The leaves are sturdy and lanceolate slightly hairy. The seeds start green and mature to blue black

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Cadmium yellow and   Outrageous Orange and   Debian red. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.3 cm (that's 0.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a clustered form. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Lincoln green and   Oxford Blue. Leaves usually appear in   Office green and   Lincoln green colour. It is a flower / herb and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Lantana normally grows to a spreading habit with a max height of 1.17 feet (that's 36.0 cm metric). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in late summer. If you would like to attract bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

United States is believed to be where Lantana originates from.

Lantana is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Lantana is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Lantana have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Lantana

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All parts of plant poisonous. Dead head flowers to prevent seed forming. Invasive plant under favourable conditions

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Lantana is generally regarded as a half hardy plant, so although it can survive a small mild cold snap, it is wise to ensure that this plant is protected from frost damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Lantana to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Lantana from seed

Slow to germinate, benifits from soaking for 24 hours in luke warm water before sowing. Easier from cuttings

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 20°C / 68°F.

Transplanting Lantana

After germination, pot up in 7cm pots and allow to grow on in cooler conditions. pot up to 13 cm and finally 20cm pots. Water moderately. Minimum temperature 7 to 13C

Lantana is half hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 10°C / 50°F.

Common Lantana problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Lantana plants:

Lantana Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin camara meaning “like an eye”, “creamy” or “bi-color”.1

Lantana Folklore & Trivia

Common cause of livestock poisoning in tropical countries. Invasive in favourable conditions

Other names for Lantana

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