• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowering Groundcover
    Blooms:
    Spring through summer; nearly year-round 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; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Companion PlantsPhormium (Phormium); Mirror Plant (Coprosma); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Cordyline (Cordyline)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; continue to water container plants regularly. Space 3 to 5 ft. apart as groundcover. Fertilize in spring. Remove spent flowers for a tidy appearance. Prune topiary form regularly to maintain size and shape.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • 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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