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Lantana, Dallas Red

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Lantana, Dallas Red 
Scientific Name:  Lantana x 'Dallas Red'

History/general species info: Well known in Mexico and nearly throughout Central America.  The leaves are placed in hot water, which at first turns a dingy blackish color but later becomes dark blue.  This solution is employed by laundresses for whitening clothes, in the same manner as indigo.  

Characteristics:  Perennial. Deer resistant. Use as a groundcover, in mass plantings and banks, in containers and baskets, or even as a hedge. A very versatile plant, plus it is a butterfly and hummingbird magnet. Deer and rabbit resistant. 

Native: No

Flower: Red, orange, yellow

Planting / Care: Plant in the spring and water as needed during the first growing season, thereafter it is considered heat and drought tolerant. Prune in early spring as new growth begins to emerge. 

Height:  36 to 48 inches

Spread: 15 to 18 inches

Light requirement: Sun. Part sun.

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees

Links: 

A&M Horticulture

http://txmg.org/bell/files/2010/05/2011-PerennialsGrassesTrees-Shrubs-Spring-sale.pdf