How to Grow Lantana in Your Garden
By: Julie Day
Lantana is a beautiful, easy to grow garden plant. It’s tough, drought tolerant, long blooming, and attracts butterflies. Its lovely clusters of flowers come in a variety of colors, sometimes with multiple colors mixed together.
There are over 150 species of lantana, from trailing groundcovers to 6-foot tall shrubs. A cousin to verbena, lantana is native to the tropics, where it grows as a perennial or shrub.
Lantana foliage feels coarse and rough, with a pungent scent. Some varieties of lantana produce pretty (but poisonous!) purple berries while other sterile varieties skip the berries in favor of more blooms.
Lantana can be grown in borders, mixed beds, and containers. Plant trailing varieties can also be grown in hanging baskets. In the Deep South, large varieties of lantana can be used as shrubs. And don’t forget to add lantana to your hummingbird and butterfly gardens!
Lantana Growing Conditions
Lantana is easy to grow, here are some tips to get you started:
Lantana Planting and Growing Tips
Here’s what you need to know to care for lantana in your yard:
- Lantana (Clemson University)
- Hummingbirds in the Garden (article)
- Flowers for a Butterfly Garden (article)
- Landscaping with Drought-Tolerant Plants (article)
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