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Lantana Luscious series Grape (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Lantana Luscious series Grape (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Zone
Zones 8-10, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal
Toxicity
Fruits are poisonous if ingested.

Lantana

Verbenaceae
Annuals, Evergreen, Ground covers, Shrubs

Fast-growing tropical American natives with tiny flowers in tight clusters that look like miniature nosegays. Valued for a profuse show of color over a long season—every month of the year in frost-free areas. Light frosts merely keep plants in check. Heavier freezes may seriously damage or kill plants in some but not all winters. In colder zones, lantana is grown as a summer annual, typically used in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes.

Lantana camara
Lantana camara

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Lantana camara

One of the two species used in hybridizing. Coarse, upright grower to 6 ft. tall and wide. Rough dark green leaves; yellow, orange, or red flowers in 1–2-in. clusters. This has naturalized from Florida to Texas. In lowland areas of Hawaii, this species long ago escaped from cultivation and is considered a noxious weed; various insects that attack it have been imported in attempts to control it.

Lantana hybrids

In the following list, some of the selections are forms of L. camara or hybrids between those forms; others are hybrids between L. camara and L. montevidensis.

‘American Red’. Grows to 4–6 ft. tall and wide. Bright red flower clusters with yellow florets in center.

Bandana series. Compact growth to 2–2 1/2 ft. tall and wide. Large flowers open yellow and turn orange, pink, or cherry red.

‘Christine’. Grows to 6 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Cerise pink. Can be trained into a small patio tree.

‘Confetti’. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Blossoms mix yellow, pink, purple.

‘Cream Carpet’. Grows to 2–3 ft. all and 6–8 ft. wide. Flowers are cream with a bright yellow throat.

‘Dwarf Pink’. Grows to 2–4 ft. tall and 3–4 ft. wide. Light pink flowers. Rather tender.

‘Dwarf White’. Grows to 2–4 ft. tall and 3–4 ft. wide. 

‘Dwarf Yellow’. 
Grows to 2–4 ft. tall and wide.

‘Gold Rush’. 
Grows to 1 1/2–2 ft. all and 4–6 ft. wide. Rich golden yellow flowers.

‘Irene’. Compact grower to 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Magenta and lemon yellow clusters.

‘Lemon Swirl’. Slow growing to 2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Bright yellow band around each leaf; yellow flowers.

Luscious series. These mound to 2 ft. high and wide and come in shades of yellow, purple, and orange.

‘Miss Huff’. Grows to 3–5 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide Orange and pink flowers. Hardier than other lantanas, surviving sharp frosts.

‘New Gold’. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Golden yellow flowers.

Patriot series. Plants range from 12–15 in. tall and wide to 4–5 ft. tall and wide, depending on the variety. Multicolored flowers in different combinations of yellow, pink, purple, orange, and red.

‘Radiation’. Grows to 3–5 ft. tall and wide. Rich orange-red flowers.

‘Rainbow’ (‘Patriot Rainbow’). Compact plant to 1 ft. tall and 15 in. wide. Flowers combine yellow, orange, and fuchsia pink.

‘Spreading Sunset’. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Vivid orange red flowers.

‘Spreading Sunshine’. 
Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Bright yellow flowers.

‘Sunburst’. 
Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Bright golden yellow flowers.

‘Tangerine’. 
Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 6–8 ft. wide. Burnt orange flowers.

Lantana montevidensis
Lantana montevidensis

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Lantana montevidensis

A little hardier than L. camara, it’s a groundcover to about 2 ft. high, with branches trailing to 3 or even 6 ft. Dark green, 1-in.-long, coarsely toothed leaves are sometimes tinged red or purplish, especially in cold weather. Rosy lilac flowers in 1–1 1/2-in.-wide clusters. Naturalized from Florida to Texas.

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