AZ Arboretums

Lantana camara

Bush LantanaCommon: Bush lantana
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: South American native
Sunset Zone: 8-10, 12-22
Temperature: Barely frost tolerant; annual in cold winter climates. Less tolerant of severe drought.
Light: Full sun
Soil: Well drained soil
Water: Infrequent, deep watering; get mildew in shade or continued overcast.

Used as substitutes for annuals in planting beds or containers, as low hedges, and as foundation shrubs.

Spreading kinds used for ground cover. Coarse, upright to 6 ft., medium-sized shrub, rather prickly. Fast growing, valued for profuse show of color over long season.

Rough dark green leaves with small teeth on the edges. Many colored flowers are orange to yellow or orange changing to red, pink or white.

Prune hard in spring to remove dead wood and prevent woodiness. Crushed foliage has strong odor that is objectionable to some people. Attracts birds. Has become a noxious weed in Australia and some other warm areas.