Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||lan-TAY-na se-lo-ee-AH-na|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Quickly reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, spreading 3 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Spring through summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.|
|Design Ideas||Low 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly, Heat Loving|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Drought Tolerant Color|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11