Lemon Swirl® Bush Lantana
Lemon Swirl® Bush Lantana
Lantana camara 'Variegata'Item #5687 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Profuse color year-round! Showy lemon yellow blooms contrast beautifully with chartreuse-edged foliage. Very useful as a colorful substitute to annuals in flower beds or pots. An excellent low hedge or accent shrub. 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.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Heat Loving, WaterwiseFoliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.Flower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasLandscapers 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 the pavement in stride. Put it in pots for powerful color on a deck or patio.Companion PlantsSalvia (Salvia); Heliotrope (Heliotrope); Cordyline (Cordyline); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
- 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. This is the first variegated lantana developed and introduced by Monrovia. It is considered to be sterile; it does ot set viable seed.Lore:Lantanas are valuable butterfly nectar plants and are equally appealing to hummingbirds.