Profuse red and yellow color year-round! Useful as substitute for annuals in flower beds or containers. Excellent low hedge or accent shrub. Very attractive to butterflies. Tolerates heat, drought.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Pruning time: spring.
Bush Lantana is the best source of quick foliage and flowers in warmer climates. Check your local climate zone to see if it is annual or perennial in your area. Landscapers have long used this fast-grower to fill in a young landscape for the first season or two until woody plants are established. A great color source for hot and dry gardens, along driveways and full sun banks. Plant in flower and shrub beds, raised planters, along fence lines and foundations, and in parkways, where they take the reflected heat from pavement in stride. Put it in pots for powerful color on a deck or patio but make sure you bring it in for the winter.
Grow red and yellow Lantana with your favorite warm-winter shrubs and vines such as Brilliancy Rock Rose (Cistus x 'Brilliancy'), Flower CarpetTM White Groundcover Rose (Rosa x 'Noatraum') and Royal CapeTM Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'). Also a natural with candidates for the desert garden such as Golden Sword Yucca (Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword') and Turner's Tickled PinkTM Oleander (Nerium oleander 'Turner's Tickled Pink').
This is a large genus with over 150 species native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. L. camara is native as far north as Texas and southern Georgia but has naturalized elsewhere in the South. The genus name is the same as the South American name for the plants. Many of the contemporary varieties resulted from hybrids of this and L. montevidensis.
Lantanas are valuable butterfly nectar plants and are equally appealing to hummingbirds.