Sekwebetane

Lantana rugosa

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Lantana rugosa (Geoff Nichols)
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From a distance, if it looks like the famous fever-tea or lemon bush plant (Lippia javanica), it is most likely Lantana rugosa. Sadly, sharing the common name bird’s brandy with its notorious and invasive sister plant from America, Lantana camara, but with smaller leaves, compared to the broader leaves of Lantana camara. The common L. rugosa has a wide southern African distribution and, with its characteristic wrinkled leaves, possesses both ornamental and medicinal properties, making it a worthwhile plant to have within the garden.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Special features

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Wind break

Hedge plant

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Verbenaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Credits

profile iconLantana rugosa
by Lesiba Papo, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, July 2019. Acknowledgements: The author thanks Geoff Nichols for providing pictures of, Lantana rugosa. (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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