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Radiation Bush Lantana

Lantana camara 'Radiation'

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Radiation Bush Lantana (Lantana camara 'Radiation') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Radiation Bush Lantana flowers

Radiation Bush Lantana flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

An excellent selection producing bright red-orange blooms with yellow centers; heat and drought tolerant; can be shaped as a low hedge or accent shrub; blooms continuously in frost free locations

Ornamental Features

Radiation Bush Lantana features showy cymes of red flowers with orange overtones and yellow centers at the ends of the branches from early summer to mid fall. Its textured pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Radiation Bush Lantana is a multi-stemmed annual with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Radiation Bush Lantana is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Radiation Bush Lantana will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Radiation Bush Lantana is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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