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LANTANA camara 'Irene'
Irene Lantana, Lantana
This big, spreading lantana features intense, vibrantly colored flower clusters that appear continuously with minimal care. The new flowers are clear yellow, then deepen to hot pink and finally fuchsia red as they age. Like all Lantana camara 'Irene' is a heat and drought tolerant tropical evergreen shrub that is commonly grown as a warm season tender perennial in temperate zones. It is an older cultivar that has never lost its value and popularity.
The vigorous ‘Irene’ has flexible branches covered with a forest of rough, dark green leaves that have a strong, unpleasant smell when crushed. It bears numerous rounded clusters of small, tubular flowers that appear continuously as long as growing conditions are favorable. Like most Lantana, it produces small purple fruits that attract birds.
This sunny tropical prefers full sun and evenly moist well-drained, average soil. It is highly attractive to butterflies and looks best when planted in masses. The flowers offer continuous brilliant color to beds and containers all season long and may be trained into tree-like standards in tropical zones.
Lantana camara has been called one of the world’s worst weeds and is highly invasive in in many areas where it is hardy. There are sterile cultivars which may be used in the landscape. For more information about the invasive nature of Lantana, see the report by the Global Invasive Species Database: http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?fr=1&si=56
12 - 4
10 - 11
H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Hot Pink, Fuchsia
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
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