Here are some easy tips for how to grow Lantana plants.
Over 100 varieties of these hardy flowering shrubs grow as perennial plants in temperate zones and as annual plants in cooler areas. They grow in a wide range of well-draining soils. Keep soil moderately moist. They do best in full morning sun. Vining varieties can be trained up a trellis or arbor. Lantana plants can grow up to 15 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Warmer = larger.
Description: These perennial plants are vigorous growers and bloom from summer into fall. The flowers grow in clusters 2 in. wide in pink, lavender, purple, yellow, orange, or bronze, depending on variety. Some may have up to 3 different shades of color in one flower cluster. The leaves (2 to 5 in.) and the stems are covered in rough, scratchy hairs. If crushed, the leaves give off an unpleasant smell. Lantana plants are found in both humid and dry, desert-like areas. Compact varieties grow less than 12 in. tall
Propagation: Stem cutting. Keep warm (70-80 degrees) and out of direct sun. If slightly dry, add water until damp. After 4 weeks, carefully remove each cutting to a 6 in. container of potting soil.
Origin: Tropical regions of the Americas
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7â€“11
Maintenance: Low. Deadhead as needed. Prune larger shrubs to control size and shape. In areas of killing frost, mulch Lantana plants with 3-4 in. pine mulch.
Fertilizer: Use a 20-20-20 water-soluble feed once a month. If growing as a perennial, no fertilizer is needed after the first year. Excess fertilizer means fewer blooms.
Wildlife Value: Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies.
NOTE: Berries are toxic to humans and pets. Entire plant is poisonous to sheep and cattle.
Photo credit: From flickr user Karen&2mutts