Flower of the Day – November 21 – Lantana and a Guest.

This Spring Down Under has seen some of my best blooms for a while, as my winter brought more than it’s usual share of rainfall and we’ve had very little in extreme weather so far. Perfect growing conditions! 😉

The lantana are outdoing themselves and a tiny, cute but uninvited guest seems to  appreciate them as much as me.

A lantana flower is fairly small, considering it is really a bunch of 30-40 flowerettes. Each flowerette is a little trumpet shape with a cone around 5mm ( <1/4 in) in diameter. The white sphere she is carrying on her back is her egg sac which will soon release hundreds of nearly microscopic off-spring. Very few will survive to maturity – which i think is a pity. But Mother Nature knows best! 😉

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One of my other lantana showing off to the max this year. 🙂lovewillbringustogether - lantana24

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Cee’s Flower of the Day – November 21, 2018 – Dahlia

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12 comments

  1. I miss my lantana. Love it and it grows into tree size here, but unfortunately my dogs loved it as well and it is very poisonous, so when I saw them eating it…especially the berries, I had to pull it all up. Still have a bit outside my wall. So…enjoyed yours.

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    • Sorry to hear about the dogs – and your lantana, but you’re right they are a big pest here and we spend over $100 million annually trying to keep the darn stuff under control. ( Don’t tell anyone i’ve got 3!) 🙂

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