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Friday, April 7, 2017

Care of lantana flower plants, fragrant Vibrant Colourful lantana flowers plant Popping Flowers

Vibrant , colourful and fragrant, almost like nilgiri plants, Lantana Flowers are so easy to grow they are seen every where. usually a no nonsense plant, grows without any care and gives loads of blooms. 
Lantana plants are not a native of India and have migrated here. The lantana plants have survived less water and direct sunlight and we can see many places like Bangalore, Ooty and many other hill stations where these fragrant lantana plants are growing like crazy. The survival of these plants have made them a good choice by many gardeners and also their beautiful fragrant blooms are another attraction. These flowering plants are sued as borders and also as bushes to form central focal points in any garden design. 

Lantana plants have colourful flowers and the colours range from clear yellow, white to reds and oranges. We also see many shaded variety growing where the plant flowers into two colours. The centre of the bunch is different colour and the outer layer of flowers are different. I love the beautiful soft lilac and yellow shading , so soothing. 
The flowers though look very attractive on closer inspection we can see that the whole flower is made up of tiny small flowers. When we touch them the tiny flowers fall and can be closely observed . The blooms are very delicate though they remain on the plant for long. The small flowers are very fragrant and the fragrance is woody and strong. When planted in groups the lantana fragarnce can be felt from far away. Fragrance also feels like the Eucalyptus trees, and often the fragrance is confused with eucalyptus or nilgiri plants. The leaves are sharp and have a rough surface. Maybe there are tiny spikes on the surface of the leaves. So sharp are the leaves edges that we can accidentally cut our skin by rubbing with them to feel them. Yup, never try this, it has spikes hair, skin gets abraised. 
Soothing soft lilac pink Lantana Flowers

Yellow Orange Shaded variety of Lantana flowers

Yellow colour Lantana flowers

  Care of Lantana flower plants is very easy and the plants grow very fast. They need to be trimmed regularly to maintain their shape and also to encourage more flowering.do not require much water and with over watering may die. This is the main reason they die, due to root fungus and rot. 
 Another most important care is that the lantana plants are prone to white aphids and fungus attacks. I have lost so many Lantana plants due to this pest. As the plants can grow in full sunlight the best place would be to grow it under direct sunlight, this will some what also help to control the plant disease. Giving the plant a  thorough wash and shower also helps to treat the plant disease. Always a strong bath has helped save many plants from pests. 
The fragrance of lantana flowers is great and will enliven the whole atmosphere. The lantana plants are mostly selected because of the great colourful show they give when laden with blooms. The lantana flowers are a unique pattern of small flowers growing in a bunch together. They look almost like a big shaded flower but only on closer look we can see the tiny bunch of small flowers. The flowers are available in many colours and shades. White with cream, pink with yellow, red with orange or yellow, and sometimes even three colours together.
Absolutely beautiful tiny blooms, and bunches of happiness, Lantana flower plants!
Thank you for coming by Garden Care Simplified!
All the Best from Rizwana!

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