Scientific name: Lantana camara
3 to 4 feet, spread: 1 to 3 feet
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
('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.
Full sun. Tolerates drought, heat, and poor soils. Low maintenance. Not affected by pests or disease.
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