Friday, July 21, 2006

Lantana

I was picking out flowers for my deck boxes, and the nice lady at the nursery suggested Lantana, saying it was an old-timey flower. I had never tried growing it before, and frankly wasn't too impressed at the time by it's small sized blossoms.

But I am amazed to watch it go through its different stages of bloom. The tiny green berries burst forth, becoming a perfectly symmetrical group of little bow ties, then each bow tie opens up into a tiny bloom. The overall cluster of blossoms measures about 1-1/2 inches.




7 comments:

John Cowart said...

Our purple lantand attracts hummingbirds... but the plant sperads so that I have a hard time controling it.

Motherkitty said...

John, you're correct about it spreading. Last year I bought one tiny plant and put it up front by the porch. By the end of summer, it had taken over the entire space (width about four feet). My sister, mrsgreenthumb, told me it can come back if the woody stems are pruned back to two inches above the ground around January. I, of course, failed to do that and the plant did not survive. So, I planted other perennials instead.

I love Lantana though. And, the hummers and butterflies absolutely love them. Yours are lovely. Thanks for the brain teaser.

"Grandi" said...

I'm horrible with plant/flower names - but yes!! It was the one I was thinking of!! My grama had a bunch of it and the hummingbirds just loved it!

jellyhead said...

Wow, I never would have guessed that was lantana flower buds from the photo!

Here in Australia, lantana is a regarded as a weed, as it spreads quickly, and can be a real pest to eradicate. My mum has to spend many hours clearing her property of lantana from time to time.

And yet it does have pretty flowers. How funny that you're growing it while my mother is killing it!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Well...I would have NEVER guessed it! And by reading the comments, if I buy some I will keep it in a pot.

Alice said...

Great pity that it's such an environmental pest, especially in Australia. The flowers are so pretty on all the different varieties.

susan said...

Something that spreads and blooms and comes back every year! I must take this out of the flower box (at the end of summer) and plant it in the yard! Thanks, y'all!