lan·​ta·​na | \ lan-ˈtä-nə How to pronounce lantana (audio) \

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

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Much of the funding will go toward keeping out an unwanted intruder from the West Indies known as the lantana camara weed that’s threatening the structure. Antony Sguazzin, Fortune, "Donald Trump Gets His Wall at Last—but It’s in Zimbabwe," 3 Aug. 2019 Some plants are just plain miserable, especially sun-lovers like lantana and geraniums, which may actually be drowned and starved for sunlight. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 The wall surrounding the city today is overrun with an invasive weed from the West Indies known as lantana camara. Fox News, "US paying $475G toward border wall -- in Zimbabwe: report," 1 Aug. 2019 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias (many different species and cultivars), Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica) and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies into your garden this summer. Dan Gill,, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019 Plant milkweed, porter weed, mist flower, zinnias, salvia, duranta and lantana for late summer butterfly nectar sources. Calvin Finch,, "Fall tomato season is almost here," 12 July 2019 Unfortunately, lace bugs attack lantana this time of the year, and the sucking insects will cause the foliage to turn dusty-gray and the blooming to end. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The lantana treatment catch-22 and what to do about it," 29 June 2018 Creeping lantana tends to produce solid color flowers. Maureen Gilmer, sacbee, "For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas," 22 June 2018 Perennials: Salvia, lantana, iris, four o’clock, paperwhites, mint marigold. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of lantana

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lantana

New Latin, from Italian dialect, viburnum

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