Lantana (Lavender) - Plant
Description for Lantana (Lavender)
In frost-free climates, it s a great perennial ground cover, as well. Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae.
They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region.
Lantana shrubs are native of the warmer regions of the American continent, thriving best in warm and sunny environments, though this plant can be treated as an annual in colder locales.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Umbels,coronitas, Lantana Weed, Wild Sage, Shrub Verbena, Yellow Sage, Kantutay||Yellow, Orange, Red, Pink and Purple, White and pastel.||Year Round||1.5 to 2 feet||Moderately easy|
Planting and care
- Growing lantana in the garden is a great way to add color and interest.
- Simply choose a sunny location and plant them in well-draining soil.
- Although these plants are tolerant of many soil conditions, lantana flowers prefer slightly acidic soil.
- Mulching with pine needles is an easy way to raise pH levels in areas with low acid.
- Lantanas are planted in spring once the threat of cold weather and frost have ceased.
- Keep in mind, however, that they prefer warm temperatures so new growth may be slow to appear.
- Once the temperatures warm up though, they will grow abundantly.
Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer Full sun. Well-drained soil. You ll need to water your lantana a lot when you first plant, keeping soil moist on a consistent basis about twice a week for the first two months. Required warm temperatures Use any organic fertilizer during the spring and summer seasons
Caring for Lantana
- In warmer climates, you need not need any special winter care, though if you live in a more temperate climate, you should take care to mulch (shredded bark is best) your lantana over the winter and heavily prune in the spring.
- In colder areas, lantana should be treated as an annual, as it will not sustain itself over cold winters.
- Make sure to place it in an indoor area that gets a lot of natural sunlight.
Typical uses of Lantana
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: NA
Medicinal use: Lantana has also been used in traditional herbal medicines for treating a variety of ailments, including cancer, skin itches, leprosey, rabies, chicken pox, measles, asthma and ulcers
Note: The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.
- http://www.homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-lantana-plant-outdoors-49525.html http://plantcaretoday.com/lantana-care.html
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