Common names: Lantana, Texas lantana, common lantana, Calico bush
Botanical name: Lantana urticoides
General information: A Texas native from the Edward Plateau and Rio Grande Plains region, this small shrub is a tender perennial in North Texas. It is drought and heat tolerant. The round bloom clusters are made up of tiny tubular flowers that start off yellow then turn orange and red. Lantana is part of the verbena family of plants so it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds for its nectar. Birds enjoy the black seeds. The foliage is rough like sandpaper with a strong odor that is the source for its Latin name.
Size: 2 – 4 feet tall by 2 – 5 feet wide
Flowers: yellow to orange
Bloom time: spring until first frost
Leaves: rough ovate shaped
Pest or Disease Problems: None
Growing in North Texas:
Texas lantana blooms best in full sun. It will grow in many types of soil, but prefers good drainage that comes from sandy or gravelly soil. It will grow best if it receives a deep watering once a week. An occasional shearing during the growing season will increase its vigor as it blooms on new growth.
Provide winter protection to this southern native in very cold winters (below 28 degrees) by with a heavy layer of mulch or plant near a south wall. Propagate from seeds after the last frost or make stem cuttings in summer.
Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested thus it falls into the deer resistant category.
TAMU AgriLife Extension, Texas Lantana
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Lantana
Keywords (tags): sun, perennial, heat tolerant, drought tolerant, yellow, orange, butterflies