Once in the market, in flower rows, I saw something in a crumpled coffee can that struck me. On a small plant, flowers were bright yellow and pink at the same time, and the buds on non-blossoming inflorescences-umbrellas were cream. Pubescent leaves, rather rough. I have many flowers, different and rare, but I have never seen such a thing.
So I got this plant, which bears the name of lantana camara. It comes from Brazil, where it grows up to 2 m in height, and in room conditions it usually does not exceed 40 cm. Lanthanum grows quite fast, therefore it must be systematically trimmed. This contributes to the formation of new shoots on which charming flowers appear. What is strange, in the photographs in books, lanthanum loses a lot and looks more than modest, even insulting for it.
This plant blooms from spring to late autumn, then a short rest for the winter, and the lantana camara blooms and smells again. In summer, the bush is best taken out into the fresh air. Lantana loves the sun, but it is better to protect it from scorching midday rays. If lanthanum does not have enough light, then it does not bloom profusely.
In watering, you must observe moderation and accuracy. If the plant is poured, it will affect the flowering badly, and if the earthen lump dries up, the leaves will fall. The dry air of the city apartment tolerates quite tolerably, but from time to time the leaves can be sprinkled with water at room temperature.
The soil requirements are modest - a mixture of garden soil with leaf and sand. But for good growth and full development during the growing season, it is necessary to feed lanthanum with a weak solution of complete complex fertilizer every two weeks. Excess of it can cause a strong growth of green mass to the detriment of flowering. And during the winter hibernation, lanthanum does not need to be fed. Anyway, in winter, it is advisable for her to find a colder place, degrees 5-8, but so that it would be light.
Yes, and more. If you have enough willpower and the hand does not tremble when cutting plants, then by methodically removing the side shoots you can grow lantana in the form of a tree, and give the crown a ball shape. When the time comes, flowers will appear on this tree - cream, bright yellow and mother-of-pearl pink. What do you think? That's right. Beauty is a terrible force.