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Perennial Lantanas

Lantana camara

Size Range: 1.5-6' H x 3-10' W

Light: Full Sun or Afternoon Shade

Flower Attributes: Pastel or brightly colored clusters are butterfly magnets.

Growth Habit: Mounding or sprawiling

Water Needs: Once established there is no need for watering - even during the most severe drought

Soil Type: Adapts to any well-drained soil

USDA Zones: Performs best in 7-10

Hardy Varieties for Zone 8
'New Gold'
18" H x 24" W
2' H x 2-3' W
'Pink Caprice'
3-4' H x 3-4' W
'Miss Huff'
5-6' H x 8-10' W

Wilson Bros. Observations
Aside from being highly attractive flowering plants, lantana's are the single best perennials for attracting butterflies. All varieties produce an abundance of nectar-rich flower clusters from May to frost that are absolute butterfly magnets! 'New Gold' and 'Mozelle' are lower growing and a good choice for the border, while the larger growing 'Pink Caprice' and 'Miss Huff's Hardy' are great for the mid or background.


Soil: Well-drained soil

Light: Full Sun - will tolerate some afternoon shade

Plant lantanas anywhere in the landscape that receives at least 6 hours of sun. We like to combine lantanas with other butterfly attracting perennials in a deck or pool-side butterfly garden.

Planting - Plant lantana as you would most other perennials making sure that there is good drainage. (Do not plant in boggy or consistently wet soils). Dig the hole two to three times the width and no deeper than the rootball. Mix in a good soil ammendment such as Claycutter or Mushroom Compost at a 50/50 ratio with the soil removed from hole. Place rootball in hole making sure that top edge of the rootball is at or slightly above the ground level. Backfill with soil mixture to top edge of rootball. For more detailed instructions and a diagram see Planting Instructions for Perennials.


Pruning - WARNING: Pruning lantanas in Fall ensures death of the plant. Wait to prune and remove old wood on lantanas until new growth begins to emerge in mid-Spring. Light pruning or shearing during summer is ok.

Fertilization - Fertilization is not absolutely necessary, however a periodic dose during the growing season of a good flower food such as Colorburst, or an organic fertilizer such as Milorganite will keep the foliage dark green and enhance flower production. Cease fertilization in late summer.

Watering - Once established, lantanas are among the most drought tolerant perennial plants. They will sail through even the worst drought with no watering at all.

Known Pests: We've found lantanas to be completely insect, deer and disease resistant.

Companion Plants for Lantana 'Mozelle'
Shrubs - Barberries, Spireas, Loropetalums, Abelias, Junipers, Hollies and other drought tolerant shrubs or sun-loving shrubs.
Ornamental Grasses - Maiden Grass, Pampas Grass, Muhly Grass and other hardy ornamental grasses.
Perennials - Other Lantanas, Daylilies, Sedums, Verbenas and other sun-loving perennials or drought tolerant perennials or perennials for attracting butterflies.
Trees - Combines especially well with tree palms such as the hardy Windmill Palm. Also combines well with Japanese Maples, Crape Myrtles, Oaks, Maples, Elms, Wax Myrtles and other trees that tolerate dry conditions.
Tropicals - Mandevilla vines, Tropical Hibiscus, Allamanda, Sago Palm and other tropicals.
Groundcovers - Ice Plant, low-growing Junipers, Dianthus, Sedums, and other non-invasive sun-lovers.


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