Exotic #6:
Lantana camara

Shrub verbena, Lantana camara

Photo © Keith Amos

Lantana, Lantana camara, is an excellent hummingbird shrub that seems even more attractive to butterflies. It has been around for generations and has become naturalized along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Recently introduced varieties that flower prolifically and grow to less 60cm in height are much less attractive to hummingbirds than the old taller varieties such as 'Irene,' 'Christine,' and "Dallas Red.' (Thanks to Keith Amos of Thomaston, Georgia, for sending this photo for use on the Operation RubyThroat Web site.)

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Perennial evergreen shrub (to 2m)
Blooms year-round
Loamy soil with compost
Full sun
Zones 8-10
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order plants.

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