• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; grows 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Flowering Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Blooms continuously in in frost-free regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lan-TAY-na se-lo-ee-AH-na
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; grows 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Blooms continuously in in frost-free regions.
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleTropical
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Companion PlantsPhormium (Phormium); Mirror Plant (Coprosma); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Cordyline (Cordyline)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. As a groundcover, space plants 3 to 5 ft. apart, (closer for faster coverage). Control weeds with mulch until the plants cover the area.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water occasionally once established; more in containers and extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This species of Lantana is native to South America, and was reportedly discovered in Montevideo, Uruguay, and classified as L. montevidensis in 1904. The plant was also described as Lippia sellowiana in 1826 and was subsequently renamed Lantana sellowiana in honor of German botanist Friedrich Sellow. While the names are synonymous, the most widely used is the original classification, Lantana montevidensis.
    Lore:
    Lantana sellowiana is also known as L. montevidensis, named because it is native to the hills surrounding Uruguay capital city of Montevideo. A member of the Verbenacea family, it is sometimes referred to as Wild Verbena. Lantana species have been cultivated for nearly 300 years, and lore tells us it has been used for centuries longer in folk medicines; poultices for snake bites and sprains, and elixirs to treat ailments. It is said that the dried leaves burned in a glass jar are a natural mosquito repellent. However, it must be noted that the leaves and stems contain an alkaloid that is toxic to browsing animals, and the berries are poisonous. The bright, aromatic flowers of Lantana are adored by nectar-seeking wildlife, and as such are a a staple of a classic butterfly garden.

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