Lantana (Kongini flower) is one of the beautiful plants that would capture anyone’s attention in gardens. Though native to America, Lantana is commonly found on our roadsides, gardens and courtyards. Multi-coloured flowers are the major attraction of the plant.
Since many hybrid varieties of lantana is available, people grow them on the border of the gardens for fencing. Since the root of the plant can prevent soil erosion, it is suitable for planting in slanted plots. When the flower blooms, it is yellow in colour, and then it turns reddish orange.
Festival is one of the most attractive varieties of Lantana. Its flowers consist of red, yellow and pink colours. New Gold variety’s flowers are in golden yellow colour. Lantana is suitable to be planted in the boundary and middle of gardens and rock gardens. Since lantana is a butterfly-friendly plant, it is ideal for planting in butterfly gardens also.
Lantana is known for its intense fragrance and is used as an effective pest control method. Stems of the plant have gentle thorns on it. However, hybrid varieties are less fragrant and have not many thorns too.
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