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Lantana camara - Lantana

LantanaScientific Name: Lantana camara

Common Name: Lantana

Description: Tender, subtropical shrub grown as houseplant; flower clusters display yellow at center with pink or orange near the outside; borne freely from summer through frost

Size: Can grow 3 to 6 feet high, but usually pruned into a low mound or trained as a standard

Cultural Information: Prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soil; fertilize regularly during growing season

USDA Zones: 9 through 10

Historical Notes: The multi-colored flowers of lantana have endeared it to American gardeners since at least the beginning of the 19th century. Late 18th-century Virginia gardener Jean Skipwith included in her list of plants the "Prickly Lantana (house plant) very brilliant, seldom without flowers."1 Nurseryman Bernard McMahon in The American Gardener's Calendar suggested lantana as a greenhouse plant, to be moved outdoors in summer.2 Robert Buist, influential garden writer of the early 19th century, wrote of lantana: "These are very handsome growing plants, and will even keep in a good green-house; but in such case will only bloom in summer."3

- Peggy Cornett, n.d.

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