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Solanum jasminoides & Lantana camara


By Maple

Solanum jasminoides & Lantana camara (Lantana camara)

Lantana camara

Common lantana is a rugged evergreen shrub from the tropics. The species will grow to 6 ft (1.8 m) high and may spread to 8 ft (2.4 m) in width with some varieties able to clamber vinelike up supports to greater heights with the help of support. The leaves are 2-5 in (5-12.7 cm) long by 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) wide with rounded tooth edges and a textured surface. Stems and leaves are covered with rough hairs and emit an unpleasant aroma when crushed (smells like cat pee). The small flowers are held in clusters (called umbels) that are typically 1-2 in (2.5-5.1 cm) across. In the tropics lantana is a non-stop bloomer. Where it is killed to the ground by frost the lantana blooms in summer and fall. Flower color ranges from white to yellow, orange to red, pink to rose in unlimited combinations, in addition the flowers usually change in color as they age. A lantana may look orange from a distance but the flowerhead is examined at close range it consists of individual white, yellow and red flowers that blend when viewed from afar.
Lantana is very easy to grow and will adapt to most soil types. Too much water and fertilizer will reduce bloom
Sun, part shade.
Well drained soil is preferred. Lantana is very drought resistant.
By seed or cuttings taken in the summertime. Lantana hybrids and named selections are propagated by cuttings.

Solanum jasminoides
This is a semi-evergreen or evergreen climber, to 20 feet tall. Leaves are slender, ovate to lancolate, shiny, deep green, to 2 inches long. Flowers are fragrant, pure white with yellow anthers, to 1 inch wide, held in axillary and terminal corymbs to 3 inches across, and borne in summer and fall. Fruit is black and ovoid. Native to Brazil. Protect from frost.
IMPORTANT INFO : Fruit may cause severe stomach upset if eaten.

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I like your white lantana! I don't think I've seen any whites here (southern US).

23 Jan, 2008

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