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James H. Schutte
LANTANA camara 'Radiation'
Lantana, Radiation Lantana
Add brilliant festive color to the garden with this large, bushy lantana. The short, spreading ‘Radiation’ bears numerous rounded clusters of small, tubular flowers that are yellow when they open then deepen to coral and finally coral-red. Like all Lantana camara it is a heat and drought tolerant tropical evergreen shrub that is commonly grown as a warm season tender perennial in temperate zones.
The flexible branches of ‘Radiation’ become 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. The flowers are followed by small purple fruits that are eaten and spread by 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
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
Hybrid Origin, South America
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Yellow, Red, Coral
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical
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