American Red Bush Lantana
American Red Bush Lantana
Lantana camara 'American Red'Item #5661 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Profuse red and yellow color year-round! Useful as a substitute for annuals in sunny flower beds or containers. An excellent low hedge or accent shrub. Tolerates heat and drought. Evergreen in frost-free areas; treat as an annual elsewhere.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lan-TAY-na ca-MA-raPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.Flower color:RedDesign IdeasBush Lantana is the best source of quick foliage and flowers in warmer climates. Check your local climate zone to see if it is annual or perennial in your area. Landscapers have long used this fast-grower to fill in a young landscape for the first season or two until woody plants are established. A great color source for hot and dry gardens, along driveways and full sun banks. Plant in flower and shrub beds, raised planters, along fence lines and foundations, and in parkways, where they take the reflected heat from pavement in stride. Put it in pots for powerful color on a deck or patio but make sure you bring it in for the winter.Companion PlantsHibiscus (Hibiscus); Heliotrope (Heliotrope); Cordyline (Cordyline); Salvia (Salvia); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; continue to water container plants regularly, when soil surface becomes dry. Apply fertilizer in spring. Remove spent blooms periodically and prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This is a large genus with over 150 species native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. L. camara is native as far north as Texas and southern Georgia but has naturalized elsewhere in the South. The genus name is the same as the South American name for the plants. Many of the contemporary varieties resulted from hybrids of this and L. montevidensis.Lore:Lantanas are valuable butterfly nectar plants and are equally appealing to hummingbirds.
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