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Scientific Name:

Lantana camara

Common Name(s):

Image of Monarch Butterfly on Lantana

Monarch Butterfly on Lantana camara Photo Credit Tracie Bowers

Common Lantana, Lantana

Perennial, Ground Cover, Poisonous Plant, Shrub

Some varieties of Lantana will become perennials in the Piedmont, check the label for hardiness. The plant will bloom in part sun but for the best flower production full sun is necessary. Lantana is deer and drought resistant. The small unripe green berries can be toxic if ingested causing vomiting, diarrhea and labored breathing. The leaves can cause a mild skin irritation lasting a few minutes.


Long-tailed skipper on Lantana Photo by Tracie Bowers

1-5 feet

Flowering Period:
Spring to first frost

Flower Color:
Red, Pink and Yellow

Used in hanging baskets, as an anchor plant for flower gardens, some varieties can be used as a ground cover. Most varieties are treated as annuals in the Carolinas

USDA hardiness zones 7-11

Cuttings, and seeds. Harvest the berries when ripe and collect the seeds. Dry them and store them in the refrigerator until planting in the spring. Lantana are often hybrids and seed propagation will not always result in the same plant.

Full Sun

Well-drained soil, moderate moisture, will tolerate poor soil

Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Tropical America

Pollinator(s) attracted:
Butterflies, hummingbird moth, bees

Page by Tracie Bowers EMGV

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