I thought I didn't like Lantana way back when I worked at the nursery. They smell kinda bitter like grapefruit. Then I began working in gardens around them and also smelled a sort of aftertaste fragrance. It starts out bitter then turns sweet like(those tv commercials for) Sour Patch Kids! Lantana are ubiquitous here in the LA area. Why? Because they are easy, fast growing, drought tolerant and bloom for a really long time. Isn't that what everyone wants in a plant? Except for a prolong hard frost, they are mostly indestructible! I've never lost a Lantana to frost here. They usually get just a little frost burned tips. But fast growth also means it may need pruning twice a year if it gets too chummy with plants around it. If it grows over another plant, Lantana will block the light and may kill it. So get used to cutting it down. Pruning won't kill it. Oh, I almost forgot- it attracts hummingbird AND butterflies.
Research says that they are native to the tropical Americas and Africa. In Australia they are trying to control them from being invasive. There are many varieties of Lantana, but two basic kinds; trailing are L. montevidensis and upright are L. camara. I grow 4 varieties in my garden right now.
|Lantana camera "Radiation"|
|a pale pink peachy one in my garden without a tag.|
|Here is a yellow one in my garden spilling out into the street.|
|On my evening walk I saw this Lantana above growing over an 8' chainlink fence!|
|Here I am with it to show how tall that Lantana is!|
Below please see how much you can cut back Lantana. That twig at the bottom middle left is it. I whacked one of mine here about a week ago. It's still green inside the branches. It'll pop any day now despite the 97º it is outside!
|Lantana super whacked in my garden.|