Facts About the Lantana Flower

Beautiful lantana flowers.  Photo in public domain.
Beautiful lantana flowers. Photo in public domain. | Source
One variety of lantana that I love
One variety of lantana that I love | Source

Lantana, a wonderful flower

Several years ago I planted Lantana for the first time, but I never realized how much I would come to love this wonderful flower. The most obvious reasons to plant and enjoy lantana include their beautiful and vibrant colors, and the ease of growing them. They last a long time, throughout the summer and into the fall months.

One of my all time favorite reasons for growing lantana is that they are an amazing butterfly magnet! Butterflies cannot seem to resist lantana to the degree that where you see lantana growing on a warm day, you will also see butterflies enjoying their nectar. That is a win win for me!

The native habitat for Lantana is in tropical and subtropical both North and South America. They will grow on the margins of forests, and in disturbed sites. They can be very hardy and survive even intense heat once established.

Lantana, lighter colored
Lantana, lighter colored | Source

Facts about the Lantana Flower

Lantana, or shrub verbena, grow as an evergreen or deciduous shrub. They do best in zones 9 and 10 or in Sunset's zones 12 & 13, and 15-22. You can find many colors of this flower now more than ever. From pale colors to the more bold colors. The intensity of the colors can change as the flower matures as well. You will find the colors red, orange, yellow, pinks and purples even now. They don't like frost, and will happily bloom until frost in many areas. In frost free areas, they can bloom all year if some care is taken.

Lantanas like bright and full sun, and thrive in almost any kind of soil which is a real plus for poor gardening sites. You can skip waterings, but when you do water, you will want to do so thoroughly. They have been known to become invasive in some climates, but I honestly cannot picture it myself. If they grew more fully in my garden, then I would love that. They give off such beautiful little flowers that I just love them, as do the butterflies. Lantanas attract a wide range of butterflies.

There is a kind of lantana that is more of a trailing variety. The trailing variety is called L. montevidensis. They make a good ground cover with more rosy/lilac colored flowers. You can find many cultivars of both kinds of lantana. The colors of the reds and orange balance and compliment the rich green of the leaves. I would definitely recommend them for gardeners everywhere, even beginner gardeners love these.

One thing I have found to keep the blooms coming, it to occasionally trim back the plant. When flowers fade, I do a form of dead heading the flowers, so they will produce more.

When initially planting your lantana, follow the directions closely. I also apply a liquid flower fertilizer in the summer sometimes, especially for my potted plants. The only down side I have with this flower, is the need to replant every year, because where I live they can't survive the winter.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! well written informative hub, beautiful pictures...

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PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

wow excellent photos

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nifty@50 6 years ago

Planting flowers that attract butterflies and bees, help pollinate vegetable and fruit plants planted near by. Beautiful hub!

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Samsons, and Phoenix, thank you very much.

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Nifty, thank you! Yes, you are right too about encouraging pollination. If we plant things that attract pollinators, it helps the whole cycle.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I have had lots of luck with lantana -- very hearty plant! I highly recommend -- with any color thumb! Love your hubname! Love ocean sunsets!

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Sally, I agree its a nice plant and really takes off once established. I am sure many people that couldn't normally grow flowers well could still grow lantana well. Thank you for the kind words about my hubname!

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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

I love lantanas. Can't wait to buy my plants this year. My only complaint is that I wish they were perennials here where I live but it gets too cold in winter! Thanks for an informative hub.

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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Esmeowl, I have the same issues as you do, but love Lantanas all the same. Its worth planting them though to me, as they bring butterflies! I am still needing to get plants this year, my husband made up a gift certificate for me to go out and get gardening plants for this year! :)(on my birthday, I thought that was so sweet.)

ischropp2 3 years ago

I too am enjoying by Lantana for the first time this year. It is the orange, yellow, red variety and it seems to thrive quite well potted on my sunny Kansas City deck. I do have a question though, lately I've noticed that the leaves are curling. Do you know what might cause this? Thanks for any help you can give.

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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Ischropp, my apologies for not seeing this and responding sooner. It is hard to know sometimes what causes the leaves to curl for sure. Some people apply more water, thinking they are drying out but that is likely not the case. Sometimes it can be a deficiency like calcium or maybe potassium. I know for me, I have a place I can take the leaves of my plants and ask questions, and they can help. They are people that volunteer in a botanical garden, but sometimes knowledgeable people at garden centers can help as well. It wouldn't hurt to take a couple leaves from a piece of stem you cut off, and show them.

When I plant a new plant, I try to incorporate some good soil into the area, to help avoid deficiencies, and then often water with an added nutrient. Especially during the seasons when a lot of blooms are being produced. Potted plants are limited for where to send their roots for further nutrients, and repotting with some good soil can help, or diluted liquid plant food can help for blooming plants. I hope this helps. I love the variety you are speaking of, very bright and cheerful and beautiful.

peggie 4 months ago

My Lantana are as health and green as can be BUT they have only a few flowers. What can I do to encourage flowering?

anita trudo 2 months ago

I love my red, yellow variety and bought it late (July) this yr. since I couldn't find it earlier - What sometimes happens is i don't get any new flowers after the first - And I am not sure what part of the stem to clip to get more growth - any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Kathy 7 weeks ago

I live in southern Indiana, and have grown Lantana. When fall came I dug it up put it in a pot and stored it in a protective spot in my garage with lights on a timer. The next spring I planted it again, and it grew big with hardy stalks. It lived for 3 y ears doing this, and the last year it was thick and a bush. The 3 year was a exceptionally cold winter. It didn't make it.

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