Fun Flower Facts: Lantana

lantana FlowersLantana 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.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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3 Responses to Fun Flower Facts: Lantana

  1. KG Visions says:

    Never had luck with lantanas in my yard, but love viewing them in others. The flowers are so very tiny and cluster together so beautifully. Aloe and basil seem to be the two outdoors plants that love to grow for me 🙂


    • Perhaps the reason your lantanas don’t seem to do well in your yard is because you may not get enough sun! Lantanas love the heat and do best in hot, dry climates. But you know what? Aloe and basil are nice little plants to have around!


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