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Lantana
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Scientific name: Lantana camara

Height: 3 to 4 feet, spread: 1 to 3 feet

Flower: Orange, Purple, Red, White, Yellow, often mixed in same cluster. Blooms spring to frost.

Description and characteristics: Attracts butterflies. Grows wild in many parts of Texas. Common names include coronitas ('coronet'), utot-utot ('fart [flower]'), and baho-baho ('smelly [flower]'), the last two referring to its distinctive pungent odor. It is an invasive species in Florida, Africa, India, and Australia. Extracts from leaves reduce fever and heartburn.

Requirements: Full sun. Tolerates drought, heat, and poor soils. Low maintenance. Not affected by pests or disease.

Notes:
After heavy rains (5+ inches) in late May, 2014, some plants seemed to be under attack by a pathogen. It may have been Botrytis blight, a fungal infection caused by the pathogen Botrytis cinerea. The affected plants were pruned severely in the hopes that they would recover.

By mid-June the plants were showing signs of recovery


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