Love and Hate
Lantana evokes strong emotions here at The Strawberry Patch, my butterflies love it…..I hate it. I mean I really hate it. I spent the first couple of years after we moved here on my own personal lantana eradication program. Apparently the prior owner liked it as much as the butterflies because she planted everywhere.
Why such hate? It stinks, literally. The scent is so strong that if you accidentally bump it, a powerful, nauseating stench releases from the leaves. To a butterfly however, lantana is like Chanel No. 5. I have allowed one bush to remain strictly to attract them and will often see up to a dozen or so hovering around.
On a positive note, I will say that lantana has abundant flowers all summer long and they are quite pretty, although small in size. So, I held my nose and snapped a few shots of the different phases of bloom….