White Lightnin'® Trailing Lantana
Lantana sellowiana 'Monma'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||lan-TAY-na se-lo-ee-AH-na|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.|
|Design Ideas||Very resilient in extreme heat, particularly reflected heat off driveways or street paving. A natural for filling sunny banks and slopes. Plant in flower and shrub beds, raised planters, along fence lines and foundations, and in parkways. Put them in pots for powerful color on a deck or patio with brightly blooming annual flowers.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Heat Loving|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Drought Tolerant Color|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11