Lantana

Lantana

Lantana

Uses Groundcover, Potted Specimen
Common Names Weeping Lantana, Trailing Lantana
Scientific Name Lantana montevidensis
Cold Hardiness Cold Hardy, freezes at 30
Light Needs Full Sun
Flower Color Purple or White
Blooms All year
Water Needs Drought Tolerant
Leaves Medium Green
E/D Evergreen
Life – A/P length Perennial
Mature Height 12 Inches, Sprawling
Growth Rate Moderate

With its bright colors, it’s a wildlife magnet—bees, butterflies and birds seem to enjoy this Mexico original as much as we do. One gardener friend had some volunteers pop up between her cement drive and cyclone fence until a lawnmower malfunction eliminated it—only to return the following year, more beautiful than ever. We can now put the “tough” in front of Lantana. It doesn’t seem to spread on its own, so if you want a bed full, you’ll have to fill it, plant by plant. Always a good thing unless you’re looking for “intrusive” growth.

As you might imagine, they’re easy to care for, and don’t require a lot of watering, but do keep them in a routine—just don’t overwater. If you have a veranda, perfect in pots by the score and a hanging basket by the kitchen window might start your day with a humming bird thrill.

Purple and yellow Lantana

Purple & Yellow Lantana - Click to Enlarge

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