Lantana is a small shrub with an aromatic cluster of flowers in the Verbena family or the Verbenaceae family of plants. Some species are very invasive and grow fast they are great on fences. The leaves are poisonous to some animals and when crushed have a bad fragrance but the fruits are sought by birds. Lantana is a tropical perennial and comes in a range of colors from white to pink, purple, orange and multi-colored.
Probably the most popular variety is Lantana camara ‘Spanish Flag’. When Lantana has well established it tolerates occasional watering, so it is known to tolerate drought and heat and its beautiful flowers attract butterflies all year round. Deadhead the flowers for longer blooming season.
Propagate from seeds in April and May. Watch out for Powdery Mildew, Sooty Mold, Whiteflies or lace bugs.