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Shrub Verbena

Lantana camara

Cherry Pie, Yellow sage, Jamaica mountain sage

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A rugged evergreen shrub from the tropics, it is treated as an annual in the UK. It's rough textured hairy leaves (toxic to livestock) have an unpleasant aroma when crushed. It produces small yellow flowers which mature to orange/red creating attractive colour combinations and provide lasting colour. In warmer conditions black fruits can develop.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Special features

Geography

Origin
America

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
A low maintenance plant that attracts bees & butterflies it suits mixed borders and can be planted on banks and slopes as ground cover. Can also be grown in containers/tubs and hanging baskets.

Personality

Family
Verbenaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, Red, Orange
Scent
Mild - A tutti frutti smell with a pepper undertone

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