Lantana, Dallas Red Scientific Name: L. camaras x 'Dallas Red'
History/general species info: Well known in Mexico and nearly throughout Central America. The leaves are placed in hot water, which at first turns a dingy blackish color but later becomes dark blue. This solution is employed by laundresses for whitening clothes, in the same manner as indigo.
Characteristics: Perennial. Deer resistant. Compact growth habit. Use as a groundcover, in mass plantings and banks, in containers and baskets, or even as a hedge. Blooms are yellow, orange, and red, deepening to all red with age. Leaves are dark green and aromatic with coarsely toothed edges, simple, opposite. Seeds that follow blooms are toxic. Heat and drought tolerant.
Flower: Red, orange, yellow
Planting / Care: Plant in the spring and water as needed during the first growing season, thereafter it is considered heat and drought tolerant. Prune in early spring as new growth begins to emerge. Prune back in early spring. Low maintenance with fast growth rate. A very versatile plant, plus it is a butterfly and hummingbird magnet. Deer and rabbit resistant.