As I was going to the store I came across one of the greatest displays of Texas – The New Gold, White, Red and even Purple Trailing Lantana I have ever seen! In my Arizona garden I have several species but I will have to blog about them in a separate post. Lantana is EVERYWHERE in Arizona!
enjoy these pictures of lantana mounds…
White, Red (Texas), Purple Trailing and Gold Lantana Plants and Shrubs in this picture – Amazing to be standing here!
Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. They are native to tropical regions of Africa and here in the Americas. It comes in plants and shrubs commonly called Lantana and shrub verbenas. Some types are considered invasive, they spread easily because the leaves are somewhat poisonous to most animals. This is precisely why Lantana is a large part of my desert garden. Not only is Lantana resistant to the extreme temperatures in Southern Arizona, but also drought tolerant and all the small animals leave them alone! My dogs are not interested in the Lantana Plant or poisonous leaves at all.
The Purple Trailing Lantana looks beautiful dancing along side the New Gold and a lighter yellow lantana shrub in the back.
Being somewhat toxic and rejected by herbivores – Camara lantanas, shrubs, plants and trailing lantana are very hardy, but once or twice a year mine become infested with pests. Insecticidal soaps will damage this plant. Having years of experience growing and caring for Lantana I have come up with a product I use. I will share that information in another article when I show the various Lantana species from my garden.
Although I did not see any fruit in this orchestra of multi-colored Lantana plants and shrubs, the berries are edible only when they are ripe. Photos of the lantana berries will be forthcoming from my garden.
Though the stems of Lantanas are thin, the wood is very tough and durable and thus useful for crafts and wickerwork. Below is an incredible Lantana Gold Mound with sprinkles of Red (Texas, Dallas – sometimes called) , adorable Pink Lantana. This is one Arizona heat resistant, hardy evergreen shrub!
Planting, Growing and Caring for Lantana is easy. They like a lot of sun. Half of my garden lantana is planted in pots and containers, the other half is in the ground by cactus. I do water the potted Lantana once a day when the temperature is high. Last week we reached 110 degrees and my pots / planters needed a small amount of water in the morning and then in the evening. This is unusual and was due to the bone dry heat.
On average the ground lantana need a good soaking twice a week. A good indicator is the leaves. If your lantana is wilting, then water but be careful NOT to get water on the leaves. Most of the lantana I have planted are in full sun. I water at the roots so I do not risk burning the leaves in our intense desert sun.
Lantana stems are hollow so overwatering will cause your lantana roots to rot. Try NOT to prune or trim your lantana until the end of the season. Remember the lantana stems are hollow!