Botanical Name: Lantana urticoides (l. horrida)
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Demand: Low
Landscape Use: Salt Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Focal Point/Specimen Plant
Ornamental Color: Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Wildlife Value: Bees, Birds (including Hummingbirds), Butterflies (nectar source)
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Plant Form: Upright
Plant Spread (ft.): 5'
Plant Height (ft.): 6'
Texas lantana is an excellent way to add bright color to your yard all summer and into fall. It begins new growth around April and can bloom continuously from May through November. It blooms more profusely as heat intensifies. Northern cardinals and other bird species eat the ripe fruit. Butterflies and other beneficial insects love the lantana.
Once established, this plant requires little water and loves the Texas heat. Typically, watering once a week is enough, but this plant shows you when it needs water. If the leaves droop, give it some water. It should then perk up for another 5 to 7 days, even in 100-degree heat. In the winter, after the plant has hardened off, trim it back almost to the ground. Each year will bring all new growth.
There are several colors available, and each one tends to have a slightly different growth pattern. The red/orange variety grows in a more bushy form, while the purple variety stays lower to the ground and spreads out.
Photo provided by: Randy Weston, Weston Gardens Inc.
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