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Texas Lantana

Botanical Name:  Lantana urticoides
Plant Type:  Perennial
Plant Form:  Spreading
Light Required:  Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Demand:  Low
Plant Height (ft.):  6'
Plant Spread (ft.):  5'
Ornamental Value:  Orange, Yellow, Pink
Months Of Bloom:  Apr - Nov
Native Texas Plant:  Adapted
Decidiuous/Evergreen:  Deciduous
Wildlife Value:  Birds (including Hummingbirds), Butterflies (nectar source)
Comments:

     Blooms more profusely as the heat gets more intense. Northern cardinals and other species of birds eat the ripe fruit. Larval host plant of the Painted Lady.

Plant Timeline
      Bloom                
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


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About the Texas Lantana

The Texas Lantana is an excellent way to add bright color to your yard all summer and into fall. It will begin new growth around april and bloom continuously from May through November. Once established, this plant requires little water and loves the Texas heat. Watering once a week is typically enough, but this plant will show you when it needs water. If the leaves droop, give it some water and it will perk up for another 5-7 days 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. Butterflies and other beneficial insects love the Lantana.

There are several colors available, and each one tends to have a slightly different growth pattern. The Red/Orange variety will grow bushy, while the purple variety will stay lower to the ground and spread out.

 

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