Lantana Lantana camara is a species of flowering plant within the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Lantana camara is a perennial shrub that can grow up to about 3 m in height. It has ovate-shaped leaves that are about 10 cm long and 5 cm wide. The flowers of the plant are clustered together and are typically either yellow or orange in color, although some cultivars can have white or pink flowers. The fruits of the plant are small, black, and spherical.
How to care
Lantana camara is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, but it is tolerant of a range of conditions. Once established, it is drought tolerant. It can be propagated from seed or cuttings.
Lantana camara is drought tolerant once established, but it will flower and fruit best with regular watering. Water the plant deeply and allow the soil to dry out somewhat between watering.
Lantana camara does not require a lot of fertilizer. A general purpose fertilizer applied a few times a year is sufficient.
Plant can be pruned to shape as needed. It can also be cut back hard in late winter to early spring to encourage fresh growth.
Type of Soil:
Plant prefers well-drained soil, but it is tolerant of a range of conditions.
Plant prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade.
Pests and Diseases:
Plant is relatively pest and disease free. However, it can be susceptible to scale, mealybugs, and whiteflies.
Plant can be propagated from seed or cuttings.
Plant is commonly used as a hedge or border plant. It can also be used in containers or as a groundcover.