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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, 12-30
Full Sun
Full
Regular WaterMinimal Water
Moderate, Minimal
Toxicity
Fruits are poisonous if ingested.

Lantana montevidensis

Lantana
Verbenaceae
Annuals, Evergreen, Ground covers, Shrubs

LANTANA

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 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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