Lantana sp.
Lantana with hummingbird

Zone: 10 or annual

Soil: Sand to loam

Light: Full sun to part sun

Bloom colour: Purple, yellow, red, white

Bloom period: 8 weeks from mid-summer

Height: 36 to 48 inches

Moisture: Dry to medium

Attracts: Moderate numbers of a variety of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Notes: Lantana camara comes from central America. This plant is an invasive species wherever it can overwinter. It should not be allowed to grow in USDA zones 7 or greater. It is fine as an annual in Eastern Canada and New England. If you live in the mid-Atlantic states or further south, then you should find a less invasive species to plant. The other thing to bear in mind is that like many plants, Lantana is quite toxic. This means you have to be careful not to plant it in an area close to where livestock or dogs may be present. You should also be careful with young children who might try to eat the berries.

It is fairly obvious why it has been introduced in many places throughout the world. The multi-coloured flowerheads are absolutely charming. Just like other exotic species it has not been here long enough to co-evolve with insects that could keep it under control. As an annual it is fairly attractive to impressive butterflies like the swallowtail shown here as well as hummingbirds. The red/orange combination is the most effective for attracting hummingbirds. These plants are drought resistant but they will need to be watered well for the first few weeks after planting.


Lantana camara with Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Lantana with swallowtail
Lantana camara with Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Red Lantana
Red to orange Lantana camara
yellow lantana
Yellow Lantana camara
Lantana with Monarch butterfly
Lantana with monarch butterfly