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Question: In the June 2002 "Southern Living" Magazine there is a "Monrovia" full page ad. In the ad, there is a picture of a plant with leaves that look somewhat like "mint" leaves, and beautiful blossoms that are multi-colored (rose, pink,& yellow). I am very much interested in this plant, & would like to know something about it--what's it's name, is it a house plant, how long does it bloom, & is it easy to take care of?

Answer: Although I do not have the ad to refer to, from your description I would guess it is a type of lantana, probably the Lantana camara 'Dwarf Pink' offered by Monrovia. Youc an see a photo of it by using the plant search feature at the Monrovia web site. I am not sure this link will work for you, here is the direct url

and here is the link to the plant finder search feature

This plant is not cold winter hardy so it is usually grown as a sunny patio plant and can then be taken indoors over the winter if desired. It requires plenty of sunshine to do well indoors, so you may not be able to keep it blooming in the winter without a greenhouse. It blooms over a long period, tolerates heat and dry weather, and is generally easy to care for with the possible exception of attracting whitefly and spider mites which can be treated with insecticidal soap, should either appear.

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