Lantana Flowers – One Of The Greatest Plants On Earth

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This is one of the greatest plants on earth. It is hardy in zones 8-11 and makes a great annual in colder climates because it blooms fast and furious all summer long. Lantana loves full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Lantana is drought resistant, blooms all summer, is seldom bothered by pests or disease, likes most soil types and is happy in humid or dry heat. Be careful because too much water and fertilizer will reduce blooms-what more could you ask for in a plant?

There are many colors of Lantana including white, yellow, purple, pink and orange and even red. Some varieties are spreading such as the yellow and some are small bushes like the purple and white and then some are very large like the orange and pink (up to 6’ high). Golden yellow and the orange seem to come back the most vigorous the next year. The other varieties come back but are not as showy. One golden yellow plant can cover a 4’ section in one season.

Because Lantana is so vigorous and drought tolerant, it makes it an ideal plant for containers. Just plant it by itself or with some other taller plants in the center such as salvia. To really make a showy display, plant the same color lantana in different height containers and place them together.

Lantana Flowers   One Of The Greatest Plants On Earth

For those of you looking for a flower to add to your butterfly garden, this festive plant is a must, it will be covered all day long with butterflies, bees, and even hummingbirds.

Propagation of lantana is by seed or cuttings taken in the summer months. This tropical plant is killed back to the ground at 28 degrees F, but will gladly come back in the spring. There are different theories on cutting back the dead stems in winter. I have tried all of them and for me it doesn’t seem to matter, they always come back.

Lantana Flowers   One Of The Greatest Plants On Earth

The theories are: Cut back before the first freeze, cut back after the first freeze and don’t cut back until spring for fear of water getting into the hollow stem and freezing the roots. As with most gardeners, their way is “the way”, but you’ll just have to try for yourself to establish “your way”.