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Lantana (Lantana Camara Cultivars.)

Often overlooked as an old-fashioned shrub, the colourful bunches of lantana (Lantana camara) flowers attract not only butterflies, but birds and bees too! Find them in the Fruits & Flowers garden, where the morning is the best time to visit for a glimpse of all the friendly garden creatures hovering over these rainbow-hued flowers!


  • Lantana 'Spreading Sunset'


    Known locally as 'Bunga Tahi Ayam’ (Malay: chicken poo flower) due to the pungent smell of its crushed leaves, this common ornamental shrub is native to Central America and the Caribbean.
     


  • Lantana 'Mutabilis'


    Many varieties have been bred for different flower colours, from whites and cool yellows to vibrant red and orange.
     


  • Lantana 'Hybrida'


    The wild form of lantana has flowers that change colour as they mature, from yellow to orange to red, as they lose pollen and nectar. This colour change likely signals pollinators to focus their search on yellow flowers which are ready for pollination. Birds eat the round, black fruit and disperse the seeds, giving lantana a bad reputation as an invasive weed in many tropical and subtropical countries.
     


  • Lantana 'Confetti'


    Lantana is a fairly easy plant to grow under dry conditions and scorching heat, particularly for novice growers who want an ever-blooming plant. Do buy sterile varieties or pick off any fruit before it matures to prevent your plants from producing invasive offspring!

     

    Look for lantana in the Fruits and Flowers garden!

     

  • This article is part of our What's Blooming series.


Written by: Ziana Yacob, Assistant Manager (Research and Horticulture)
Ziana's fascination with the many wonders of plants led her to study Horticulture. She has been involved in propagating plants and nurturing our in-house orchid collections. Keeping plants alive is a challenge and she's constantly learning about what she should or shouldn't be doing!

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