Lantana camara is native to Tropical America. Lantana is a vigorous shrub that often reaches 6 to 8 feet in the greenhouse. It will grow outside in zone 7 but should be treated as an annual.
Blooming Time: They will bloom all year long in the greenhouse. Outside they will bloom from spring to the first frost. Flower heads are 2 inches across, starting out yellow, then turning salmon in color. They are great plants to attract butterflies in the home garden.
Culture: Lantana camara need full sun to light shade. They will grow in almost any soil, but in the greenhouse we use a compost consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand. Water the plants deeply at least once a week depending on the size of the plant. Fertilize once a month in the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ¼ the strength recommended on the label. To much water and fertilizer give the plant a lot of growth at the expense of blooms. Keeping spent flower heads trimmed off to produce more blooms.
Propagation: Lantana camara are propagated by cuttings of softwood or by seeds.
Lantana camara was featured as Plant of the Week February 25-March 2, 2000.
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