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If a hot, dry spot is a problem in your garden, lantana may be your solution. This hardworking plant with colorful flowers thrives with little moisture in full, unyielding sun. It's also easy to grow and pollinator-friendly!
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From 6 inches to 8 feet
16 inches to 4 feet
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Lantana Care Must-Knows
Consider placement when growing lantana. Lantanas thrive in full sun and lots of warmth. Plants are likely to produce fewer blooms and be more susceptible to disease when in too much shade. In areas with too much moisture, powdery mildew and root rot are more likely to occur.
Older varieties of lantana can be started from seed. Many new varieties of lantana don't produce seed and can only be propagated by stem cuttings of young growth that hasn't gotten too woody.
Lantana has coarse, pungently scented, deep green leaves that act as a wonderful backdrop to its contrasting flowers. In many cases, the blooms of lantana create a tie-dye effect on the flower heads. Flowers generally start as a light color and darken as they age. Once the blooms have aged through all of their colors, they simply fall off—saving you the time of removing spent blooms.
The overall size of lantana varies. In warm southern climates, lantana can be considered a perennial or tropical shrub and can grow 10 feet tall. However, the plant is treated as an annual in most climates and still reaches almost 3 feet in one growing season. Some varieties of lantana have a trailing habit, perfect for spilling over a container or hanging basket. Upright varieties of lantana make great pops of color as high-impact annuals in planting beds among perennials for season-long color.
Lantanas are extremely attractive to pollinators. It's common to see numerous butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds swarming around these plants, drinking up the abundant nectar produced in their small, tubular blooms.