Flower of a lantana.

By September 30, 2017Articles

Flower of a lantana.

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Lantana (Lantana camara) is a summer-to-fall bloomer known for its bold flower colors. Among wild and cultivated varieties, color can range from bright red and yellow to pastel pink and white. If you’ve seen lantana plants in gardens or in the wild, you’ve probably noticed multi-colored lantana flowers and flower clusters. Different lantana varieties have different combinations of colors, but multiple colors are also often found on a single plant. Individual multi-colored lantana flowers also exist, with one color inside the tube and another on the outer edges of the petals. Color Changing Lantana Flowers Like many other members of the verbena plant family (Verbenaceae), lantana bears its flowers in clusters. The flowers on each cluster open in a pattern, beginning in the center and moving out toward the edge. Lantana flower buds typically look one color when they’re closed, then open

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