Lantana Cultivars & Variations
They are available in a rainbow of colors, see above. The two main varieties are:
- L. camara: This is the most widely available variety, and there are many cultivars within this species such as Anne Marie, Dallas Red, Confetti, Ham & Eggs, and Carlos. In fact, when a plant is label simply as “Common Lantana”, it’s most likely a L. camara cultivar.
- L. montevidensis: This variety often is referred to as trailing lantana. We carry pink and white cascading blooms and can bloom year-round in tropical climates. It’s often used ornamentally in flower gardens.
Care & Planting
Growing lantana is a perfect way to add brilliant color to your garden. A cousin of the Lemon Verbena, Lantanas have aromatic foliage and grow very easily. They mainly prefer full sun, they will soak it up! Although these plants are drought tolerant, their outstanding performance will be affected if they are too dry for too long - I recommend a thorough watering once a week. Remember to avoid overhead watering which can make plants more susceptible to root rot and diseases.
They are typically planted after the threat of frost & cold weather are gone. These plants prefer warmer temperatures and will grow abundantly as the weather warms up. If you have any problems with them not blooming, the most common issues are that they have too much shade or too much water. Remember, they love full sun!
If you live in an area where lantanas are perennial, cut back hard in the early spring to remove old growth and prevent woodiness, to about 6 to 12 inches from ground level. DO NOT hard prune in the fall - this can cause reduced cold hardiness.