Patriot Rainbow Compact Lantana
Patriot Rainbow Compact Lantana
Lantana camara 'Robpatrai'Item #5688 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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Profuse color year-round from rich multi-colored flowers! Useful as substitute for annuals in flower beds or containers. Excellent low hedge or accent shrub. Attracts butterflies.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing to 12 in. tall, spreading to 15 in. wide.Key Feature:Drought TolerantBlooms:Year-roundLandscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lan-TAY-na ca-MA-raPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing to 12 in. tall, spreading to 15 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Year-roundFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleTropicalPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis is a uniquely small Lantana that offers multicolored flowers for small gardens. Use as accent color in planters, or line it up for a dense informal edging. Because it is heat resistant, it can spice up driveways and sidewalks for an instant front yard face-lift. Great size for containers and for use in urban courtyards.Companion PlantsUse this cute little Lantana with other plants of similar stature that offer diversity in color and texture. Perfect for planting under a mass of Majestic BeautyTM Indian Hawthorn (Raphiolepis x 'Montic') or the little Zuni Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni'). Grow it with the nonblooming mounds of green Wheeler's Dwarf Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf') or cluster at the base of All Gold Bougainvillea, (Bougainvillea x 'All Gold").
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:Lantana is a genus with over 150 different species native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. I. camara is native to a wide range of Texas and Georgia but has naturalized over an area vastly larger. The genus name came from an indigenous South American name for the plants. Lantana breeding history is murky involving a half dozen species that are not well documented. The Patriot series are a prominent recent introduction, hybridized by Jack Roberson of Oklahoma which introduced a number of different forms and colors under the Patriot trademark throughout the 1990s.Lore:Lantana naturalizes easily because the berries are relished by birds and spread over long distances where new plants readily germinate under arid conditions and thrive even while seedlings in brutal heat. This is also a vital nectar source for butterflies. Lantana and its fruit should be considered toxic to pets and children.
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