Lantana Flowers Both Practical and Pretty
Plant type: Annual or evergreen shrub
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 to 10
An excellent low-maintenance plant used as an evergreen shrub where it blooms all year long or as an annual in areas with a killing frost. Flowers come in several colors, including red, yellow, pink, orange, purple and multi-colors. Blooms all season long. Foliage is rough and green with some cultivars having variegated foliage. Very drought tolerant. Plant size ranges 1 to 6 feet tall and about 3 to 10 feet wide, depending on cultivar.
How to use it: Plant in mass or as a specimen. As an annual, use in a mixed perennial border, as edging, in containers or hanging baskets or in a butterfly garden. When used as a shrub, plant as a hedge or foundation planting. Can also be used along banks. For a unique tropical effect, interplant lantana with 'Chartreuse' sweet potato vine; the hot colors of the blooms blend well with bright lime green foliage of the vine.
Culture: Likes a moist, well-drained soil, but will tolerate a variety of site conditions. Doesn't perform well in a wet site. Plant in full sun. Benefits by occasional fertilization. Primarily propagated through cuttings or seed. No serious problems with pests or diseases.
Special notes: Attracts wildlife, including butterflies. May be poisonous to pets. Deer resistant. Drought resistant. Tolerates salt spray. Warning: Lantana can be potentially invasive in warm and tropical climates where it isn't killed back by frost. Considered an invasive weed in Hawaii.