Lantana sellowianaItem #5725 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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A popular groundcover prized for its masses of beautiful lavender flowers that appear almost year-round on a naturally low, spreading form. Wonderful cascading over raised beds and hanging baskets, or as a container specimen. Excellent for erosion control on sunny hillsides and slopes. Evergreen in frost-free climates.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lan-TAY-na se-lo-ee-AH-naDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Gift Plant, Heat Loving, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.Flower color:PurpleDesign IdeasLow and wide, trailing Lantana covers the ground quickly and in a blaze of color. Lavender flowers are perfect for dangling off the edges of pots and hanging baskets. Makes a perfect filler for young gardens the first season before large plants mature. Excellent choice for hot zones along streets and driveways, on sun-drenched slopes and embankments that need quick color. Great for covering curbs, retaining walls and utilities boxes.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 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.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Lantanas originate in the tropical regions of America and Africa where they are valued for the pungent aroma of the foliage. This trailing species is native to much of South America and has naturalized all over the southern United States, and in particular southern California. This species, L. sellowiana should be considered synonymous with L. 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.