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Lantana


Lantana:



The Lantana is an evergreen, perennial, shrub-like plant, native to South America, very similar to the verbena. It is grown in a very well drained soil, prepared by adding sand and universal soil to the common garden soil, both in pots and in the ground. It does not fear the heat and the drought, and it settles in a very sunny area, to obtain a rich and continuous flowering for the whole good season. The small flowers, gathered in racemes, are followed by the fruits, which contain a single large seed, generally fertile, so it is quite simple to obtain new small plants from the seeds of the previous year. They need watering throughout the summer, to be provided when the soil is dry. They fear frost, so during the winter they should be protected, mulching the soil and covering the plant with non-woven fabric; in the case of specimens grown in pots, they move in a protected place or in a cold greenhouse. At the arrival of autumn it is advisable to prune the small shrub at about 10 cm from the ground, to protect it better, but also to prevent it from becoming untidy with time, and to empty the ground near the lower part.