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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Recent Examples on the Web Lantana camara is an exotic lantana that has naturalized throughout the southern U.S. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Salvias and lantanas are heat lovers great for San Antonio gardens," 6 Aug. 2020 Lantana horrida is the native Texas lantana that produces orange and yellow blooms on coarse plants that grow to at least 3 feet around and 3 feet tall. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Salvias and lantanas are heat lovers great for San Antonio gardens," 6 Aug. 2020 Australia’s recent slate of brushfires has mostly left the county’s rainforests unscathed, but that could change as the loss of Myrtaceae allows lantana to continue its spread. John R. Platt, Scientific American, "Australian Plant Species Face 'Imminent Extinction' From Invasive Pathogen," 5 July 2020 Phlox, hollyhock, foxglove, lantana, and butterfly bush are all good choices. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Researchers Found That Hummingbirds Can See Even More Colors Than Humans Can," 18 June 2020 Other blooming perennials include the many selections of lantana, salvia, four-o-clock, esperanza, thyrallis, poinciana and iris. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Deer-proof plant suggestions for your San Antonio garden," 7 May 2020 The landscape was bright green and pale yellow with pops of fuchsia bougainvillea and flame-hued lantana — a planter box ornamental at my home in California that here grows to the size of an apple tree. Freda Moon, New York Times, "Mexico’s Last Countercultural Coast," 3 Feb. 2020 Cold weather will eliminate the blooms of zinnias, porter weed, milkweed and lantana. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to seriously prepare your plants for the next San Antonio freeze," 21 Nov. 2019 Milkweed, mistflower, porter weed, zinnias, lantanas, duranta and Mexican flame vine are sought after nectar sources. Calvin Finch,, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Sep 2020

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“Lantana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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