This small shrub with multicoloured flowers and evergreen leaves is very decorative and relatively robust - it is even considered invasive in Australia and South Africa.
Common name : Lantana
Scientific name : Lantana
Family : Verbenaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Lantana fears frosts below -4 ° C - which makes its leaves only semi-persistent. It is better to grow it in a pot in most regions, and in the open ground along the southern coasts. The originality of cultivars of this kind is the variety of their flowers, which may present on the same spherical inflorescence a gradation of colors - from white to yellow, from white to pink, from yellow to red, and so on. The leaves are oval, varnished, dark green, and persist on the stems as long as the cold is not too intense. There are erect lantanas up to 180 cm, other ducts on a stems and others of creeping form.
Sowing & planting
15 - 200
6 - 8
Plant my lantana
Plant in spring in rich, well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade. If necessary, add compost or manure to the top of the soil.
Soak the cups for at least 30 minutes before planting.
To plant in pots, choose a container at least 40 cm in diameter for erect shaped variety. 20-30 cm is enough for creepers.
Lay a layer of gravel or clay balls at the bottom and fill the pot with compost or ripe compost and loam. In all cases, water just after planting.
You can plant your lantana in the ground, provided you find a situation sheltered from cold winds. Note that it freezes between -4 and -7 ° C.
Water my lantana
Water your potted lantana regularly, with moderation - do not wet the foliage, and do not fill the cup.
Fertilize my lantana
The lantana is a little demanding, so in pot you can boost it by giving it a little liquid fertilizer - without excess. A reasonable pace is every three weeks during growth and flowering.
Shelter my lantana
If it freezes hard in your area, shelter your potted lantana inside as early as October. Place it in a cold greenhouse or an unheated, bright room. Cut down the stems by two-thirds.
Put outside my lantana
In the spring after the last frosts put your pots outside, in a sunny position and sheltered from the wind.
Repot my lantana
Every 3 years, you can repot your lantana in a new container.
For this, provide a slightly larger container field with potting soil compost and loam on a bed of gravel.
Soak the root ball 30 minutes before moving it. If you do not have a larger pot, just scrape the topsoil and replace it with ripe compost.
Pinch my lantana
In Spring, you can force your lantana to branch out. Before the flower buds open, pinch the ends of the stems.