LANTANA made #2 for my top 10 heat resistant plants in Arizona

Lantana plants and shrubs are one of our favorites for our desert garden and front yard.  I recommend this flowering plant to people who want color in their landscaping. Not only is our Arizona Lantana perennial but it is also a low maintenance plant and easy to grow.

In some cooler locations Lantana plants are annual; but places that do NOT get freezing weather will have new colorful blooms every spring.

Lantana plant in pots

Texas Gold Lantana plant

You will find Lantana is inexpensive to buy, easy to find and takes the desert heat!

The entire shrub can be covered with multi colored Lantana flowers even in the worst triple digit temperatures.

lantana for desert landscaping

white trailing lantana in xeriscape yard

How many Lantana varieties are there?    There are about 150 species / varieties of Lantana.  This perennial flowering plant is in the Verbena Family, Verbenaceae.

With so many colors to choose from your Lantanas can add vibrant flowers all season long.

Lantana shrubs

White, Purple, Red Lantana mound

Some species of Lantana change color as they mature.

large lantana mound

Lantana plants grow into shrubs and mounds

The flower clusters on lantana plants are called umbels.

verbena mixed with lantana

Confetti Lantana and Purple Verbena plants

Some popular Lantana variety names are:  Irene, Red Bandana, Radiation, Confetti, Ham ‘n Eggs, Texas New Gold, Dallas Red, Trailing Purple, Christine, and many more….

varieties of lantana

Camara Lantana Plant in containers

Lantana seems to have no problems surviving on little moisture and soaking up unyielding sun.  When watering your lantana try NOT to get the leaves wet but water at the base of the plant.  This will prevent the plant from being sun burned.

If I see the leaves wilting I water immediately, soaking the Lantana well to promote deeper, stronger roots.

Red lantana mound

Lantana plants attract butterflies

Can you grow Lantana in pots and containers? Absolutely and lantana loves it!

We have potted lantana all over the yard.  It does take a little more effort to care for lantana in containers but it is worth it.

the best lantana heat resistant

Texas Gold Lantana grows well in containers

My potted Lantana seems to need more watering than my ground Lantana.

I do not let them dry out completely.  Some people do and it works fine for them but I choose not to.

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Trailing Lantana growing in pots and containers

Our Purple Trailing Lantana spills over nicely in the above large pot.

camara shrub lantana flowering confetti

Lantana Camara Plant, Confetti

When do I prune my Lantana?  Give your Lantana a good pruning in the spring to remove the old growth and prevent the extra woodiness.

Water and lightly fertilize newly trimmed Lantana plants and they will return to bloom quickly.  Lantana does not need much fertilizer.

trimming lantana bushes

a good pruning helps Lantana plants

When transplanting your Lantana, gently loosen the roots and shake off the excess dirt.  Old soil does not help your Lantana plants.

Place it in the hole you made and backfill with healthy topsoil.

soil for lantana plants

Easy to grow Lantana

Most animals avoid Lantana flowers and leaves.

is lantana toxic poisonous

poisonous leaves and woody stems of Lantana

Although Lantana is considered poisonous the RIPE Lantana berries are a delicacy for many birds.

yellow gold lantana growing

Lantana is a Deer Resistant, Critter Proof plant

bush with yellow and red flowers

Texas New Gold Lantana Flower

Growing Lantana in pots is so easy.   Choose your size pot or container.  Then have a fun time deciding on your Lantana colors.  Stick to one or mix them up.

Remember to gently shake off the old dirt from the Lantana roots before you place it in its new home.    Potted plants need more watering especially in the hot sun.

Always water at the base of the plants and not the leaves.  An exception would be if the Lantana plant was not in direct sun.

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Perennial Yellow Gold Lantana in our Arizona garden

The temperatures here in the Sonoran Desert frequently reach over 100 degrees so I add mulch to every plant in our yard.  Mulch really helps here in Arizona.

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Yellow Lantana in our drought tolerant garden

Lantana is a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies.  These perfect desert plants give you flowering color all season long.  That is a lot of butterflies!

plants to attract butterflies

Butterflies like Lantana flowers

Lantana will suffer from frost damage so cover them up during cold winter nights.  Prune the damage from the Lantana in the spring and they may come back.

Lantana potted plants

Marvelous Praying Mantis with New Gold Lantana

Arizona bush with orange red flowers

Potted Purple Trailing Lantana next to our Red Bird of Paradise shrub

Lantana likes full sun, and isn’t picky about the type of soil it will grow in.

Arizona Lantana drought tolerant

Purple Flowers on our potted Lantana

This is precisely why Lantana is a large part of my desert garden.

large Lantana Shrubs

different Lantana species plants

Not only are Lantanas resistant to extreme temperatures but also drought tolerant.

Some of our Lantana shrubs are growing in unfenced areas and the desert animals leave the plants and Lantana flowers alone.

red orange lantana

landscaping with Lantana plants

Lantana is deciduous meaning it drops all leaves in the winter.

drought and heat tolerant plant

Lantana plants do well in pots

If Lantana plants outgrow their assigned space, they tolerate trimming back well during the growing season.

Lantana flowers in a desert yard

Yellow flowering Lantana containers

Lantana plants and dogs – Our dogs have no interest in our many Lantana plants, flowers or leaves at all.

Irene species of Lantana plants

Red Orange Yellow Lantana

lantana bush shrub

Radiation, Yellow and Red Bandana Lantana Varieties

Red flowering bush lantana

Radiation species of Lantana

The woody stems on the Lantana plants are especially tough and durable and have been used for weaving.

What is the best way to propagate Lantana?   Dividing the roots in the winter when the Lantana plant is dormant is the easiest way to propagate.

Soaps, insecticides and common pest treatments can kill Lantana plants.  On the rare occasions that our Lantanas have pest problems, I give them a trim and all is well.

 

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Flowering Lantana Mound – Drought tolerant – Texas New Gold, Trailing Purple, Radiation, Yellow, Orange, Camara, Lantana Pictures

Lantana is the best drought resistant, heat resistant, desert flowering perennial.  Lets just say Lantana is perfect. With a genus of 150 species and numerous colors,  this perennial flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, will certainly help create a perfect Arizona, Texas, Georgia, California garden that will attract butterflies!  Lantanta is one of the best choices for xeriscape yards.

New Gold and Texas Flame Lantana

This desert flowering perennial is 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 of Lantana are considered invasive, the trailing plant spreads easily because the leaves are somewhat poisonous to most animals and critters leave Lantana alone.

Trailing Purple Lantana, Texas New Gold, Radiation, Yellow Verbenas

This is precisely why Lantana is a large part of my Sonoran desert garden. Not only is Lantana resistant to the extreme hot temperatures in Phoenix, Tucson, and Southern Arizona, but also drought tolerant and the small animals leave this verbena shrub alone!  Our dogs are not interested in the Lantana Plant, flowers or the Lantana poisonous leaves.

Lantana field where I shop

This photo above is a flowering Lantana ocean!  Periodically I shop in this strip mall only to find an enormous Lantana,  field of Red, Yellow, White, Trailing Purple, Texas New Gold, Confetti, Camara, Texas New Flame and more.  Honestly I drive out of my way so I can enjoy this colorful display.  This Lantana mound is truly a butterfly magnet.

Lantana Camara, in the verbena family, has sometimes been called red, yellow, or wild sage, even though it is in a completely different family than sage.  Camara colonizes new areas when its seeds are transported by birds. Once it reaches an area, L. camara spreads quickly. Camara grows so well, that efforts to eradicate it have completely failed. Lantana Camara is fire resistant, and quickly grows in burnt areas.

Trailing Purple, Trailing White and Texas New Gold Lantana Mound

Camara has become naturalized in tropical and warm regions worldwide.  Livestock foraging on the plant has led to widespread losses in the United States, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Australia.

Lantana Camara In a container or pot

In the photo above is my lantana camara that I’ve grown in a large pot – container.  The planter is a ceramic type which I do not recommend as it gets very hot in 100 – 110 degree weather. Most of my lantanas are growing in pots or containers.

Yellow, Texas New Gold Lantana in a Container

The bright yellow Lantana pictured above is the Texas New Gold I have growing in a pot.  The Lantana container sits nicely on the side of the pond and at night the solar lights give an amazing atmosphere!  A separate article is coming with my personal verbena plants, shrubs.

Orange and Yellow Lantana is called Radiation

TIDBITS:  Lantana plants are a perennial flowering plant with hollow stems.  Pruning tip for Lantana – careful NOT to over prune your Lantana because water can drip down into the hollow stems and rot the crown.

The best Drought Tolerant Plant – LANTANA – Red, Purple, White, Gold, Perennial Flower Pictures!

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

Best Drought tolerant plants, Lantana varieties

Purple Trailing Lantana, Texas New Gold, Red, Light Yellow Lantanas

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.

Lantana Verbena in containers

Confetti Lantana and Purple Verbena desert plants

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 hot 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 Yellow New Gold and a lighter yellow lantana shrub in the back.

Drought Tolerant flowering bush shrubs Lantana

Texas New Gold Lantana, Purple Trailing Lantana

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.

Yellow, Purple, Red, White Lantana

Varieties of colorful Lantana, Verbena bushes shrubs

Though the stems of Lantanas are thin, the wood is very tough and durable and thus useful for crafts and wickerwork.  This is one Arizona heat resistant, hardy evergreen Lantana shrub!

Texas New Gold in a Pot

Planting, Growing and Caring for Lantana is easy. They like a lot of sun and Lantana is not picky about their soil.

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.

Picture of Lantana Heaven!

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!

Red and Yellow Lantana Plants, trailing mound