Lantana is a genus of 150 flowering shrubs native to tropical America and Africa and belongs to the verbena family. The plant produces clusters of bright, vibrant tubular flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink, and white in various colour combinations. The fragrant flowers will change colours with maturity. Lantanas will start off with one colour and gradually change into another, resulting in multiple colours in same plant. After flowering, toxic berries will appear. The berries will start off green and turn black when mature.
Plants will grow to be 1-6 ft tall and spread up to 6ft across.
Lantanas are one of the most popular annuals in the garden, often used as borders and ground covers and in container gardening. It produces an abundance of flowers in the summer, which lasts well into the fall. Gardeners love them because the blooms are long lasting, easy to grow and thrive in most soil conditions. Plus, lantanas do well in the heat and don’t require much watering, making them perfect for hot and dry climates. As well, the bright and colourful flowers will attract to butterflies to your garden.
Plant in full sun and and spread plants at least 18 inches part. Deadhead to encourage continuous blooming and prevent the growth of the toxic berries.
Climate zones: 8-11
Fun Flower Facts About Lantana:
- In Australia, lantana is one of the worst invasive weeds, as it spreads quickly and takes over other plants in the area.
- Lantana can produce up to 12 000 seeds from one plant in a year!
- Lantana has been used in traditional folk remedies to treat skin conditions, stress and high blood pressure.
- In the language of flowers, lantana represents rigour.