From experience I know this to be true as a planter of Lantana in our family cemetery plot. It thrives in full summer sun and heat, can be planted in poor soil and requires little water.
That exactly describes the conditions at Tamarisk Cemetery where my Texas ancestors, parents and other family members rest in peace.
While driving through Johnson City, Texas, several years ago, I spotted the vibrant orange and yellow Texas Lantana at the Johnson Settlement Event Center.
I had driven past it many times thinking someday I need to stop and go through the ranch like Settlement. On that summer like day, the Lantana was calling my photographer name.
It turned out to be not only a flower photographers heaven, but also a history lesson for a Texas History buff. My camera captured a plethora of photos I have used in my Tracks of My Texas Ancestors. You see, LBJ's pioneer ancestors and mine were settlers in Texas in the late 1880's and 90's. The Johnson's in Blanco County and my 2x Great Grandfather Pittman in the nearby hill country town of Mason in Mason County.
Here is a collage I put together from photos taken at the LBJ Settlement Center.
Just look at Eliza...isn't she lovely. Her kitchen was on display as well as her spinning wheel. You know I was getting photos of them.
Oh, and there were more flowers...I mean after all, this is a Flower Series!
If ever you are passing through Johnson City, Texas, plan on walking the ranch of LBJ's ancestors.
HERE is the link to get you started.