Lantana is a beautiful flower that you can find worldwide. It’s mainly grown for its ornamental value because of its showy flowers and fragrant foliage. Lantana colors range from light yellow and red to pastel pink and white. They’re best for growing in outdoor hanging pots and the garden. Read on to learn more about their varieties, how to grow and care for this delicate yet elegant flower.
The Different Types of Lantana
There are different varieties of lantana flowers growing in different climates and regions, and below, we’ve mentioned a few.
It’s a small perennial upright, scrambling, or arching shrub in shades of white, red, pink, orange, and yellow flowers. Its average growth length is between 2 to 4 meters. The plant does well in tropical and sub-tropical countries globally.
It’s a beautiful flower originating from South Florida. Pineland stays lower, and it also attracts bees and butterflies thanks to its bright yellow flowers. So if you’re looking for a butterfly attraction to your yard, you should consider planting it. It’s drought-tolerant.
Popcorn Lantana (Lantana Trifolia)
This variety is grown for its ornamental fruits (bright pink and elongated purple fruits). It can grow to 3 feet high, and it produces its fruits after the flowering season and thrives best in tropical and sub-tropical zones.
Dallas Red Lantana
It’s famous for its abundance of flowers that unfold to dark orange and later fade to brilliant red. It’s best for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to your yard. The plant is drought-resistant and can quickly adapt to different soil types and watering schedules.
Trailing Lantana (Lantana Motevidensis)
It’s a low-growing dispersing plant that follows a trailing growth pattern. This shrub can spread to a width of 5 to 10 feet and grow to a maximum height of 18 inches. It has purple flower heads with a light touch of white spots on the inside of each floret. The Trailing Lantana is native to Southern Brazil region. It’s heat and drought-tolerant.
Lantana Care and Maintenance
Matured Lantana plants are drought-resistant. However, newly planted ones need frequent watering to guarantee healthy roots development. Water the matured plants at least once a week to fuel their steady growth and flowering.
All Lantana varieties are propagated by vegetative cuttings. You can propagate Lantana in water, and it will develop its roots, provided you replenish the water as needed. Alternatively, propagate the cutting into the soil by sticking the diagonal cuttings into the sand.
Lantana Growth Conditions
Lantana grows well in slightly acidic and draining soil. If your region has heavy clay soil, amend it with organic compost.
Lantana requires full sunlight to bloom. When grown under a shaded, the plant may grow, but it will be susceptible to diseases.
The plant is drought-resistant, but it requires an inch of water weekly for steady growth. Newly planted Lantanas need water frequently for healthy root development.
Lantana Pests and Diseases
Whiteflies, mealybugs, and aphids infestations are common in lantana plants, and it causes sooty molds on the leaves. Get the suitable insecticide depending on the insects present in your lantanas.
Lantanas are drought resistant and require little maintenance from you. Furthermore, they’re easy to plant. Plant them in your yard and enjoy their touch of beauty.