Lantana Flowers Both Practical and Pretty

An excellent low-maintenance plant, lantana comes in several colors and will bloom all season long.
Related To:

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.

5 Plants for Full Sun Landscapes and Gardens 06:52

Love lantana? These plants like areas that get six-plus hours of direct sunlight a day.

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.

Selected Species and Cultivars

  • Lantana camara. A more frost resistant cultivar, 'Miss Huff' features orange and pink flowers and has a tremendous growth habit, reaching 3 to 5 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. Sterile so it won't produce any offspring seedlings. Hardy to Zone 7.
  • Weeping lantana (L. montevidensis). A trailing groundcover type excellent for use in hanging baskets or containers. Flowers are white to lavender purple. Trails about 5 to 6 feet. Native to South America.
  • Lantana hybrids. Crosses between L. camara and L. montevidensis. 'Lemon Swirl' has yellow variegated foliage complemented by lemon yellow flowers. Reaches about 1 foot tall. 'New Gold' offers brilliant golden yellow flowers in a profusion over dark green foliage. An excellent performer in the garden. Sterile. 'Confetti' produces multicolored blooms in colors of yellow, pink and purple.
  • Lavender popcorn (L. trifolia). Has beautiful lavender purple flowers that are attractive on their own. But even better, the blooms are followed by striking bright purple fruit which resemble ears of corn. Tall, shrubby plants reach 3 feet tall and as wide.
  • Keep Reading

    Next Up

    Annual Vinca (Madagascar Periwinkle): Our Favorite Flowers

    Annual vinca provides foolproof color even in the hottest days of summer.

    Jacob's Ladder: Our Favorite Flowers

    Add vibrant color to the shady areas of your garden with this perennial.

    Candelabra Primrose: Our Favorite Flowers

    Add a splash of color in the moist areas of your garden.

    Orchid Flowers

    Learn about hardy orchids that survive in the garden.

    1,000+ Photos

    Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

    On TV

    Fixer Upper

    7am | 6c

    Fixer Upper

    8am | 7c

    Fixer Upper

    9am | 8c

    Fixer Upper

    10am | 9c

    Fixer Upper

    11am | 10c

    Fixer Upper

    12pm | 11c

    House Hunters

    1pm | 12c

    House Hunters

    1:30pm | 12:30c

    House Hunters

    2:30pm | 1:30c

    House Hunters

    3:30pm | 2:30c

    House Hunters

    4:30pm | 3:30c

    House Hunters

    5:30pm | 4:30c

    House Hunters

    6:30pm | 5:30c

    House Hunters

    7:30pm | 6:30c
    On Tonight
    On Tonight

    Lakefront Bargain Hunt

    8pm | 7c

    Beach Hunters

    9:30pm | 8:30c

    Mexico Life

    10pm | 9c

    Mexico Life

    10:30pm | 9:30c

    House Hunters

    11pm | 10c

    House Hunters

    11:30pm | 10:30c

    Beach Hunters

    12am | 11c

    Beach Hunters

    12:30am | 11:30c

    Mexico Life

    1am | 12c

    Mexico Life

    1:30am | 12:30c

    House Hunters

    2:30am | 1:30c

    Follow Us Everywhere

    Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.