Lantana: A Beautiful, Vibrant, Fast Growing Perennial
I think I’ve fallen in love with the Lantana plant. They are absolutely beautiful, fast-growing, and they can really liven up any landscape. I’ve added the yellow and red/orange to my landscape, but there are a wide array of colors for this plant.
A little about the Lantana plant:
-Lantana loves hot, sunny, well-drained soil areas. The more the sun, the better!
-The leaves are poisonous to most animals, so they leave it alone, but birds love the seeds and help to spread seeds, thus spreading where the plant grows.
-Lantana grows extremely quickly, especially in warm climates. One or two Lantana plants will fill a good size area in a short amount of time.
-The four most common problems that can occur with Lantana are:
- Powdery Mildew – treat with giving the plant more sunlight
- Root Rot – treat by allowing the soil to dry out between watering
- Sooty Mold – treat with a pest spray
- Pest Issues – treat with a pest spray
-Can grow from under 6 inches up to 8 ft tall depending on the type of Lantana you have.
-Grows to about 4 ft wide (wider if not tamed).
-Drought tolerant plant.
-Perennial in zones 2 – 11.
-Lantana doesn’t need to be fertilized. If you decide to, only fertilize in early spring and not too much. Too much fertilizer will reduce the blooms on the plant.
-Periodically deadheading a Lantana will increase blooms on the plant.
Given a little time, lots of sun, and a little water, Lantana will grow, bloom, and make wherever they are growing brighter and more beautiful!