noun \lan-ˈtä-nə\

Definition of LANTANA

:  any of a genus (Lantana) of tropical shrubs or perennial herbs of the vervain family with showy heads of small bright flowers

Origin of LANTANA

New Latin, from Italian dialect, viburnum
First Known Use: 1791


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of more than 150 shrubs that make up the genus Lantana in the verbena family, native to the New World and African tropics. They are cultivated for their ornamental foliage, fragrant clusters of flowers, and colourful blue-black fruits. Common lantana (L. camara), a weed in the New World tropics, is much used as a garden plant elsewhere. It grows to 10 ft (3 m) and blooms almost continuously with yellow, orange, pink, or white flower heads. The aromatic leaves are rough and oval.


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