Lantana camara with kaleidoscopic colors

Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow//Wild Sage)

Simply adore these plants that are such prolific bloomers all year round in our tropical sun and high humidity. Flowers come in such a diverse range of marvelous colors and shades that are so exciting and captivating, making their slightly unpleasant scent seem so distant and tolerable.

Beautiful Peacock Pansy resting on our Lantana camara. Shot July 18, 2007 Peacock Pansy visiting again when our Lantana was in full bloom in July 24, 2007

And, the best part is L. camara is such a magnet for butterflies, bees and birds. Images above show the Peacock Pansy that simply adore our L. camara ‘Patriot Hot Country’. The Lantana plant is a must-have in any garden, if you love kaleidoscopic colors and want these nature visitors to your garden. We do! :D

Some gardeners may be wary of growing them as they are considered noxious weeds in some regions and included among 100 of the world’s worst invasive species, as recorded in the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). Well, avoid the wild ones and go for those cultivated varieties sold in the garden centres instead, which are mostly non-invasive and of shorter hybrids. We have grown these in pots and in flower beds and found them to be easily uprooted. Anyway, be aware that its leaves and unripe fruits are highly toxic, and may be fatal if ingested, so do keep out of reach of children and pets.

L. camara can be likened as the beauty and the beast or Jekyll and Hyde! Either you embrace its beauty and all the goodness that it has to offer even as you learn to handle its flaws, or reject it totally and be deprived! ;)
Read more about what lantana growers around the world have to say at Dave’s Garden.

Plant Profile, Culture and Propagation :

  • Botanical Name: Lantana camara (synonyms: L. aculeata, L. armata)
  • Common Name: Lantana, Largeleaf Lantana, Spanish Flag, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage (or called ‘Bunga Tahi Ayam’ in Malaysia, which literally translate to ‘Chicken-dung flower, refering to the strong scent)
  • Family name: Verbenaceae
  • Plant type: Perennial flowering shrub (or annual in cold regions) that is native to tropical region in Central and South America. Now, popularly grown in gardens around the world as an ornamental plant.
  • Features: Multi-coloured flowering bushes of Lantana camaraLantana camara is the most cultivated species of among 150 species of the genus Lantana. A highly variable species with more than 650 varieties grown worldwide, in many different forms and a multitude of colors. It is a vigorous shrub that grows to 1-2 meters or more in height and as widely spread, though newer cultivars and varieties are much shorter and compact, with a mounding habit. It can be erect, sprawling or vinelike, and takes well to repeated hard pruning. It has a very strong root system that is fire-resistant.
    Lantana camara (Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage) with multi-colored flowersIt produces green-colored leaves that are opposite or whorled, ovate with a pointed tip and rounded base, and have serrated margin and a rugose surface. Also, they emit a typical herbal scent when crushed, offensive to some people but pleasant to others. Branches and leaves are covered with rough hairs that may cause skin irritation or rash allergies in some people when handled.
    L. camara blooms almost non-stop throughout the year in the tropics, but in temperate regions they bloom from summer to late fall. Multi-colored scented flowers are small and tubular, and borne in axillary long-stalked heads or flat-topped clusters called umbels, measuring 2-5 cm across. Flower colors are endless, ranging from white to yellow, orange to red, pink and purple to rose, and flower clusters are seen in beautiful and attractive color combination that also changes as the flowers age. Lantana produces small and fleshy fruits too that are greenish-blue maturing to purplish black, and consumed by birds that dispersed the seeds. However, quite many of the cultivated hybrids and varieties are sterile (do not bear fruits/seeds), hence are non-invasive.
  • Culture (Care): L. camara is an easy to grow plant that does not need much maintenance. Being a tropical plant, it is happy in full sun and humid conditions, though it is very versatile and has been known to grow in diverse habitats under varying climatic conditions.
    Light: Full sun or partial shade. Grows best and flowers prolifically in full sun.
    Moisture: Require adequate water regularly though can be very drought resistant once established. Over watering can cause root rot or yellowing of leaves.
    Soil: It is adaptable to most soil types, but must be well-drained. It is salt tolerant too.
    Others: Prune whenever necessary to maintain shape, encourage bushiness and flowering. Feed sparingly as too much fertilizer will promote more leaves and less flowers. It is relatively pest free except for mealy bugs and whiteflies that are very attracted to it. Lantana camara is also susceptible to brown leaf spots caused by a fungus, Pseudocercospora guianensis. Read further for some Q&A on Lantana propagation, pruning and care at HortChat.com.
    For temperate zones: Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-11. It may die back to the ground after frost at 28 degrees F (-2.2 degrees C) but recovers quickly every spring or when warm weather returns.
  • Propagation: From seeds that germinate easily or cuttings that root easily. Lantana hybrids and named varieties must be propagated by cuttings.
  • Usage: Plant Shrub Verbena or L. camara in mixed beds and borders, as a ground cover, shrub or hedge to add beauty and color to your garden landscape. It grows well in containers as a lovely specimen bush or above-ground planters to line road-dividers, walkways, streets, etc. Planted in hanging pots/baskets, it will be an attractive specimen at a patio, deck or porch. An excellent shrub to draw butterflies, bees and birds to your garden. In some of our local garden centres, we’ve seen many colored varieties grafted onto a single trunk and trained as a standard specimen which is stunning, truly an attention grabber! As Lantana plant tolerates salt spray, it is popularly grown along coastal regions, and also used for xeriscaping because the plant is very drought resistant as well.
    L. camara has medicinal uses too, herbal and folkloric in nature. Other uses include the usage of its stems to produce household furnitures and pulp for paper, in addition to using its twigs and branches as simple brooms or as fuel. Know more at ISSG (Invasive Species Specialist Group) site.

Enjoy more Lantana camara pictures grown in our garden and elsewhere:

Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Patriot Hot Country’
– with rose pink/orange/yellow flowers
Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Patriot Hot Country’
– with rose pink/orange/yellow flowers
Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Monol’
(Gold Rush Bush Lantana)

– with rich golden yellow flowers
Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Landmark Rose Glow’
– with rose pink and yellow flowers
Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Spreading Sunset’
or is it ‘Lucky Red Hot Improved’?

– with orange-tangerine flowers
Lantana camara (Largeleaf Lantana, Shrub Verbena, Red/Yellow/Wild Sage)
Lantana camara ‘Pink Caprice’
– with pink and yellow flowers
Lantana camara 'Cajun Pink' (yellow/pink flowers)
Lantana camara ‘Cajun Pink’
– with yellow/pink flowers
Lantana camara 'Florida Mound Orange' with yellow/orange flowers
Lantana camara ‘Florida Mound Orange’
– with orange and yellow flowers
Lantana camara 'Carlos' with fuchsia and yellow flowers
Lantana camara ‘Carlos’
– with fuchsia and yellow flowers
Lantana camara (rose-pink and white flowers)
Lantana camara (unidentified cv.)
– with rose-pink and white flowers
Lantana camara (pink and cream flowers)
Lantana camara (like ‘Ham & Eggs)
– with pink and cream flowers
Lantana camara (pink and orange flowers)
Lantana camara (unidentified cv.)
– with pink and orange flowers
Lantana camara (lavender-pink and white flowers)
Lantana camara (unidentified cv.)
– with lavender-pink and white flowers
Lantana camara with baby-pink and orange flowers, seen in the neighbourhood
Lantana camara (unidentified cv.)
– with baby-pink and orange flowers

Last edit: May 31, 2016

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