For those hot, dry spots in your garden where most plants may struggle, 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!

Lantana Overview

Genus Name Lantana
Common Name Lantana
Plant Type Annual, Perennial
Light Sun
Height 6 to 12 inches
Width 16 to 48 inches
Flower Color Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Foliage Color Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold
Season Features Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Attracts Birds, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 11, 8, 9
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Colorful Combinations

Lantana has coarse, pungently scented, deep green leaves that act as a wonderful backdrop to its contrasting flowers. In many cases, there's a tie-dye effect on the flower heads. Flowers generally start as a light color, then darken with age. Once the blooms have aged through all of their colors, they simply fall off—saving you from time spent deadheading.

The overall size of lantana varies. In warm southern climates, it is perennial and can grow 10 feet tall. However, in most climates it's treated as an annual, which 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 make great pops of season-long color as high-impact annuals planted among perennials.

Lantana Care

Consider placement when it comes to lantana. The plants thrive in full sun and lots of warmth; they're likely to produce fewer blooms and have more trouble with diseases when growing in too much shade. In areas that are too moist, powdery mildew and root rot are more likely to occur.

Older varieties of lantana can be started from seed. Many new varieties don't produce seed, and can only be propagated by stem cuttings from young growth that hasn't become too woody.

Pollinator Heaven

Lantanas are extremely attractive to pollinators. It's common to see numerous butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds flitting around these plants, drinking up the abundant nectar produced in their small, tubular blooms.

More Varieties of Lantana

'Bandana™ Cherry' Lantana

Bandana Cherry Lantana
Cynthia Haynes

Lantana 'Bandana Cherry' offers rich yellow, orange, and cherry-red blooms in large heads.

'Irene' Lantana

Irene Lantana
Peter Krumhardt

Lantana 'Irene' bears bright yellow, pink, and red florets in large clusters on a spreading plant.

'Lucky™ Peach' Lantana

Lucky Peach Lantana
Marty Baldwin

Lantana 'Lucky™ Peach' offers heads of orange-peach flowers that mature to peachy-pink on compact plants.

Lantana Montevidensis

Lantana montevidensis lavender flowers
Hetherington & Associates

Lantana montevidensis is a wild form with lavender-purple flowers on a plant that can reach 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

'Landmark Pink Dawn' Lantana

Landmark Pink Dawn' Lantana
David Nevala Photography

Lantana 'Landmark Pink Dawn' offers creamy yellow flowers that mature to soft pink, and can grow to 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide.

'Luscious™ Grape' Lantana

Luscious Grape Lantana
Justin Hancock

Lantana 'Luscious™ Grape' displays clusters of lavender-purple flowers on a vigorous, floriferous plant. It grows 16 inches tall and 36 inches wide.

'Luscious™ Citrus Blend' Lantana

Luscious Citrus Blend Lantana
Justin Hancock

Lantana 'Luscious™ Citrus Blend' is a heat-loving selection with vibrant red, orange, and yellow flowers on a mounding plant that grows to 3 feet tall and wide.

'Lucky™ Pot of Gold' Lantana

Lucky Pot of Gold Lantana
Marty Baldwin

Lantana 'Lucky™ Pot of Gold' offers heads of rich yellow blooms on compact plants that grow 1 foot tall and wide. It can tolerate humidity.

'Patriot™ Firewagon' Lantana

Patriot Firewagon Lantana
Hetherington & Associates

Lantana 'Patriot™ Firewagon' offers clusters of yellow flowers that turn from bright yellow to red-orange. The grow to 3 1/2 feet tall by 2 feet wide.

'Samantha' Lantana

Samantha Lantana
Kim Cornelison Photography

Lantana 'Samantha' has yellow flowers and golden-variegated foliage. It grows to 2 feet tall by 2 1/2 wide.

Lantana Companion Plants


angelonia summer snapdragon
David Speer

Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon, and you'll know why once you get a good look at it. Its salvia-like flower spires reach a foot or two high, studded with fascinating snapdragon-like flowers in beautiful shades of purple, white, or pink. It's the perfect plant for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces. This tough plant blooms all summer. While all the varieties are beautiful, keep an eye out for the sweetly scented selections. Most gardeners treat angelonia as an annual, but it's a tough perennial in Zones 9-10. Or, if you have a bright, sunny spot indoors, you can even keep it flowering all winter.


Close up of pink Pentas
Kim Cornelison

Pentas is one of the best butterfly-attracting plants around. It blooms all summer, even during the hottest weather, with large clusters of starry blooms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies by the dozens. The plant grows well in both containers and ground—and can make a good houseplant if you have enough light. It does best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Pentas is grown as an annual in most parts of the country, but it's hardy in Zones 10-11. Plant oncer all danger of frost has passed.


Salvia farinacea Victoria Blue deep purple flowers
David Goldberg

There are few gardens that don't have at least one salvia growing. Whether you have sun or shade, a dry garden or lots of rainfall, there's a salvia you'll find indispensable. All attract hummingbirds, especially the red ones, and are great picks for hot, dry sites where you want tons of color all season. Most salvias dislike cool weather, so plant once all danger of frost has passed.

Garden Plans for Lantana

Garden Plan for Partial Shade

garden plan for partial shade

This garden plan combines easy, adaptable plants to add color to spots that don't see full sun.

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Tropical-Look Garden Plan

Tropical-Look Garden Plan illustration
Illustration by Tom Rosborough

Make a bold garden statement with dramatic flowers and foliage.

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