lantana


Lantana camara, commonly called lantana, is the most common species of lantana. If you are looking for a plant that can take the Carolina heat in our summers this is a great plant.

The plant that grows as a perennial in our climate is called "Miss Huff" providing you dont have too harsh a winter and you protect the plant by covering with mulch during the winter this variety should return in the late spring early summer. If you are looking for sightings of life on last years plant it may not happen until sometime in june when the soil warms up. Don't loose heart as it just takes longer for the plant to return. Lantana has opposite or whirled leaves with teeth on the edge, rough hairs on the top of leaves, and leaves are often wrinkled. Below is a picture of one small Lantana planted in the spring and then how large it became by the fall
This plant also returned the next summer during June . Hummingbirds love to visit and feast on your Lantana plants not to mention butterflys and honey bees.

lantana is very easy to propagate from softwood cuttings. Take 4 inch cuttings from new growth, strip most of the leaves off leaving only one or two upper leaves, dip cut end in rooting hormone, and stick the cuttings in a mix of peat moss and perlite. Keep them in a shaded area where you are able water frequently and keep moist. With a bit of TLC you will have new plants to share. If you purchase Lantana you especially love but know it will not survive winter you can take cuttings and overwinter in your garage or basement. Set these new babies out once any danger of frost has passed.

Problems:
lantana is a very low maintenance plant with few problems, some may occur, especially in improper growing conditions. Lantana is susceptible to powdery mildew if not enough sun,Sooty mold, causing a blackish discoloration on the leaves is usually caused by infestation by whiteflies. Root rot can be a problem if soil is poorly drained or plants are watered too frequently. Lantana lace bugs cause leaves to appear grayish and stippled or to brown and drop. Caterpillar damage also can occur. Mites can be a problem, especially if plants are very dry.

Season of Bloom
Summer to Fall
Height
6-12 much larger with some varieties.
Hardiness USDA
Hardiness Zone 8-10
Flower Color
Orange,Pink,Yellows
Soil
well drained, tolerates drought/great on a slope
Exposure
Full Sun
Propagation
lantana is very easy to propagate from softwood cuttings