How does 'Kongini flower' attract one and all
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.
How to plant and care
- Indigenous lantana plants grow up to a height of 5 metres maximum.
- Places where direct sunlight is available in plenty are suitable. However, lantana blooms in partially shady places also.
- Lantana can be planted in flowerpots or directly on the ground. Water permeable areas are better choice.
- Potting mix can be made by mixing soil, sand, cow dung powder or dry leaf powder in a ratio of 2:2:1.
- Fill the potting mix in the flowering pot or the hole in the ground before planting.
- Lantana can be grown by either sowing seeds or planting stems.
- Too much watering and fertilising will reduce blooming of the plant.
- Only moderate watering and fertilising is required.
- Lantana is capable of resisting drought to an extent.