Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae.
They are native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region, South and Northeastern part of India.
Regardless of where you garden, site lantana in full sun for best flowering.
Plants can grow in part shade locations, but flower number will drop and plants do become more susceptible to diseases and certain insects.
Growing lantana doesn't require intense soil prep prior to planting.
Water newly planted lantana regularly to ensure healthy root development.
While established plants are drought tolerant, they stage the best show when they receive roughly one 1" of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation.
Regular watering fuels steady growth and full-size flowers in greater numbers.
Lantana flowers have such a potent effect against mosquitoes, a scholarly journal published a report about it!
The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (yes, there is such a journal) shares that "lantana flower extract in coconut oil provided 94.5 percent protection from Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti" mosquitoes.
In fact, this oil preparation protected from mosquitoes for an average of two hours, with no adverse effects to humans.
What a bonus that lantana flowers are so easy to grow in warm sunny locales, and attract butterflies as well.
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