|Lantana camara subsp. var.||Lantana|
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Lantana camara, Linn. (L. aculeata, Linn.). Small shrub, 1-4 ft. high, hairy, sometimes with short hooked prickles: leavesvs. rather thick, rugose, scabrous above but pubescent beneath, ovate or cordate-ovate, mostly short-acuminate, crenate-dentate, the petioles short: clusters of flowers on strong axillary peduncles which may or may not exceed the leaves; flowers in a dense, nearly flat-topped head, usually opening yellow or pink but changing to orange or scarlet, the bracts narrow and not conspicuous. Trop. Amer., extending north to Texas and S. Ga. In the wild, the plant may grow 10 ft. high, and it is usually prickly (hence the name L. aculeata of Linnaeuns). The cultured plant is less prickly or even unarmed. Color of flowers varies on different plants, and there are many named forms. This group is now a prominent plant in many tropics. It is possible that more than one species is involved in the following forms. L. hybrida is a name for the dwarf garden forms. L. Pictavi is a hybrid between L. Sellowiana and a garden form. CH
Lantana is very easy to grow and will adapt to most soil types. Too much water and fertilizer will reduce bloom.
By seed or cuttings taken in the summertime. Lantana hybrids and named selections are propagated by cuttings.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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