Lovely Multi-Colored Lantana

Bridget's Lantana - bkl c@

Last night I received a text message from my cousin. She had attached two photos of lantana. This is one of them. Her message read, “These two flowers grew on what I thought was a weed! They are about 2″ wide. I love them. Do you know what they are?”

Of course I knew. I have a yard full of this easy-to-grow plant. I especially love its variety of colors, and the fact that it is drought-tolerant. Of course, that hasn’t been an issue around here this summer. Usually, drought-tolerant plants suffer with too much rain, but lantana seems to keep on going, no matter what.

Lantana is usually a mounding plant. Some types, though, are more vining, although they don’t climb (see the lavender/purple one below). Here in Florida, there is also a wild type of lantana that is extremely invasive. Stay away from that one. The only color wild lantana I have seen is an orange-red. It can be seen growing on the roadside. It will climb fences, power poles, and anything else it can find. If it gets into your yard, rip it out.

 More Lantana Photos, But First a Warning

If you live north of Zone 8, however, you will need to cut it back before cold weather arrives, and mulch it heavily. This is what happened to mine after eleven hours below 32 degrees Farenheit in February, 2015. It bounced back quickly, but if it had to endure a whole winter of those conditions, it would have been toast.

Frozen - mlm c@

Cutting lantana back and mulching before the first freeze is helpful because its stems are hollow. If it is cut back a few weeks before the first freeze is expected, it has time to seal off the opening created by the cut. If it is cut back too late in the season, cold air can enter the hollow stems, and get into the base of the plant. If this happens, it will likely die. When living in the Charlotte, NC, area, I cut mine back & added about 4 inches of pine needles in mid-to-late October. It was usually late November before the first extremely cold weather arrived.

 More Lantana Photos

Lantana comes with multi-colored flowers as shown above and here. It is also available in solid colors (shown below). It even grows with both solid colors and multi-colored flowers on the same plant.  Lantana is one of many sun-loving flowers that will add beauty to your yard and garden.

Lantana - mlm c @

 Solids

Lavender - mlm c@

This lavender creeping type can be seen at Colony Plaza on Hwy. 466-A.

Yellow - mlm c@

One of my favorites. Note those gorgeous deep-green leaves.

Purple - mlm c @

Multi-Color - mlm c@

Multi-Colors AND Solids on One Plant. Pretty cool.

 

 

3 responses to “Lovely Multi-Colored Lantana

  1. This is one plant that grows beautifully in San Francisco gardens. Sometimes we see them used as hedges. My wee granddaughter enjoyed looking at the pictures with me this morning. She liked the pink ones best. Clearly, I’m not doing enough to mitigate the whole girl=pink thing.

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    • I got a good laugh out of the “girl=pink thing”. Would you believe I bought my daughter a Fischer-Price front-end loader when she was about 2 years old? She loved it. Her dad’s mom, not so much. I never thought of lantana as being a hedge, but it would make a beautiful hedge.Hmm, maybe I should try that…

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      • Sure, I’d believe that easily. I bought my girls Tonka trucks, when they were still made of steel, and a John Deere scale model tractor.

        I passed a lantana hedge covering a 6-foot chain-link fence one day. Lovely camouflage!

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