Lantana spp

In the Phoenix area you mostly see Lantana montevidensis or hybrid cultivars of L. montevidensis and L. camara. Common names include Trailing Lantana and Lantana. The form and shape of lantana hybrids can vary widely, which expands its use potential in the landscape.

Attracts Pollinators: Lantana flowers are rich in nectar, attracting a variety of pollinators like butterflies and bees. The bright colors make it a popular choice for pollinator gardens.

Global Distribution: Lantana is native to tropical regions of the Americas, Africa, and parts of Asia. It has become naturalized in many other regions due to its adaptability and attractiveness as an ornamental plant.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Naturalized
Origin: Tropical America
Family: Verbenaceae
Size: Varies
Sun: Full to part shade
Watering: Regular water
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Frost and freeze sensitive
Pruning: Head back in spring after last chance of frost.
Disease and Pests: White Flies in late summer and early fall
Uses: Excellent nectar plant for bees and butterflies.
Notes: Some common hybrids and cultivars include ‘Tangerine’, ‘Irene’, ‘Carnival’, ‘Gold Mound’, ‘Radiation’, ‘Spreading Sunshine’ and ‘Trailing Yellow’. Some species can be toxic if ingested.

In Maricopa County the average first frost date varies from Nov 21st to Dec 12th. In Tucson the average first frost date is Dec 3rd.

  • Keep plants well watered
  • Place plants in a protected microclimate
  • Protect by covering plants, adding heat or increasing air circulation
  • Do not prune frost damage until plants begin growing

For more info: Protecting Frost Sensitive Plants


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