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lantana camara plant to attract butterflies

Lantana earns a top spot on our list of low-maintenance ornamental flowers. An abundance of colorful blossoms attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Heat tolerance is significant — as a matter of fact, the hotter it is, the more prolifically they bloom! Low water needs make this plant a good fit for sustainably-minded gardeners.  

With a variety of shapes, sizes, and habits, Lantana can be put to use in many ways.



Lantana camara produces generous clusters of flowers (often multicolored) against a backdrop of evergreen growth.




Toothy-edged leaves have deep veins and grow from squared woody stems. Leaves are most commonly dark to bright green, though some varieties offer yellow-variegated foliage.

Note: Lantana leaves have the capability of producing a toxic reaction to pets, as specified by the Humane Society of America.



Fragrant blossoms are made up of clusters of tiny, four-petaled flowers. Typically each blossom features multiple colors. Popular varieties include combinations of pink, white, yellow, purple, orange, and red.

lantana camara red orange yellow white pink evergreen nursery san leandro

High temperatures are good for blooming, as heat stimulates the plant to produce more flowers.



Lantana camara produces a small berry-like fruit. Green at first, the fruit darkens with maturity. Like leaves, some cultivars’ berries are toxic.


Soil and Water Requirements

Well-drained soil in full sun is where Lantana does best. Too much water or shade can result in sooty mold or powdery mildew. Keep the leaves dry by avoiding overhead watering.



Prune in February after frost. Cut down to within 6-12 inches of the ground to remove old stems. In early spring, a light treatment of slow-release fertilizer will encourage new growth.


Lantana Features and Uses

Small, ground-cover varieties make attractive mass plantings. Upright varieties are beautiful as bedding plants or in containers. Trailing varieties (L. montevidensis) do well in hanging baskets, containers, or spilling over walls.

lantana montevidensis lavender evegreen nursery san leandro

Their high heat tolerance makes these plants a good fit for south-facing spaces, or between sidewalk and curb.

Ready to add this “Goof Proof” beauty to your landscape? Visit the nursery and we will personally assist you in choosing your plants.

Lantana camara:
  • Chapel Hill Gold
  • Citrus
  • Citrus Blend
  • Confetti
  • Irene
  • New Gold
  • Pink Caprice
  • Sunrise Gold
  • White
  • Yellow


Lantana montevidensis:
  • Trailing Lavender
  • Trailing Purple
  • Trailing White


Lantana camara ‘Citrus Blend’ Photo: Learn2Grow.com