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LANTANA camara (PATRIOT™ SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

LANTANA camara( PATRIOT™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Lantana

General Description

Lantana in the Patriot Series have varying growth habits, are heavy flowering and produce continuous flowers in an array of vibrant colors. They may be dwarf, compact, spreading/weeping or of standard height. All were hybridized by Robert Roberson in Grain Valley, Missouri.

This everblooming, evergreen tropical shrub is commonly grown as a warm season tender perennial in temperate zones. It originates from the tropical Americas and has numerous rounded clusters of small, tubular flowers of red, yellow, orange, pink or cream. These are often multicolored because the individual flowers open at different times and change color as they age. The leaves are rough, dark to medium green and have a strong unpleasant smell when crushed.

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

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Width

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Coral, Peach, Orange Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No