Lantana is a genus of 150 species of perennial plants. They are also called Shrub Verbenas. It is from the Verbena Family or the Verbenaceae family of plants. It is native to tropical and subtropical America. They have aromatic flowers. The flowers grow as umbels or clusters of small flowers in a range of colors from white to yellow, orange, red, and blue. Some species are multi-colored.
Some species are very invasive and grow fast. They are good plants to grow on fences. The leaves are poisonous to some animals. If you crush the leaves it releases an unpleasant odor. Birds feed on the fruit.
One of the most popular varieties is Lantana camara ‘Spanish Flag’. When It tolerates occasional watering when it gets established. It tolerates drought and heat. Its beautiful flowers attract butterflies all year round. Deadhead the flowers for a longer blooming season.
How to grow Lantana or Shrub Verbenas:
Grow Lantana in full sun. Place it in a frost-free location. Plant it in moist, fertile, and well-drained soil. Indoors plant in loam-based compost. In the growing season, water it well and fertilize it.
Propagate Lantana from seeds or from semi-hardwood cuttings. Sow seeds in April and May. Watch out for Powdery Mildew, Sooty Mold, Whiteflies, or lace bugs.