The Lantana, also known as "shrub verbena," is a popular flowering plant that produces colorful blossoms that attract birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Lantana grows in a variety of forms and sizes, from small, shrubby mounds to bushes up to 6 feet tall. It produces clusters of small, trumpet-shaped flowers in several shades of yellow, orange, pink, red, and lavender throughout the summer.
Lantana is easy to maintain and requires little maintenance. It requires full sun and frequent watering and can be pruned in the spring or fall to encourage new growth.
Lantana plants are deer resistant and can withstand periods of light frost. However, in cold areas, they need to be brought indoors or covered to protect them during the winter months.
Lantana is often utilized as an ornamental garden plant and can also be used in a container garden. It attracts birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Lantana is known for being quite a drought-tolerant plant and does not require frequent watering and fertilizing.
Lantana can also be propagated from cuttings and seeds, making it easy to grow in almost any location.
Lantana plants are susceptible to certain fungal diseases, such as rust and leaf spot, and should be monitored for signs of distress.
The flowers of the Lantana can be used in various ways, including in salads and teas. They are also commonly used as a food source for bees and butterflies.
Lantana's most popular cultivar is the Variegata, a bright orange and yellow flower.
Lantana is easy to care for and can be pruned in the winter to help promote new, healthy growth in the spring.