• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Drought Tolerant Color
    Blooms:
    Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lan-TAY-na se-lo-ee-AH-na
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8 - 10, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
    Flower color:Purple
    Design IdeasLow and wide, trailing Lantana covers the ground quickly and in a blaze of color. Lavender flowers are perfect for dangling off the edges of pots and hanging baskets. Makes a perfect filler for young gardens the first season before large plants mature. Excellent choice for hot zones along streets and driveways, on sun-drenched slopes and embankments that need quick color. Great for covering curbs, retaining walls and utilities boxes.
    Companion PlantsSalvia (Salvia); Heliotrope (Heliotrope); Cordyline (Cordyline); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; continue to water container plants regularly. Space 3 to 5 ft. apart as groundcover. Fertilize in spring. Remove spent flowers for a tidy appearance.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Lantanas originate in the tropical regions of America and Africa where they are valued for the pungent aroma of the foliage. This trailing species is native to much of South America and has naturalized all over the southern United States, and in particular southern California. This species, L. sellowiana should be considered synonymous with L. montevidensis.
    Lore:
    Lantana sellowiana is also known as L. montevidensis, named because it is native to the hills surrounding Uruguay capital city of Montevideo. A member of the Verbenacea family, it is sometimes referred to as Wild Verbena. Lantana species have been cultivated for nearly 300 years, and lore tells us it has been used for centuries longer in folk medicines; poultices for snake bites and sprains, and elixirs to treat ailments. It is said that the dried leaves burned in a glass jar are a natural mosquito repellent. However, it must be noted that the leaves and stems contain an alkaloid that is toxic to browsing animals, and the berries are poisonous. The bright, aromatic flowers of Lantana are adored by nectar-seeking wildlife, and as such are a a staple of a classic butterfly garden.