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Lantana, Texas (native)
Lantana, Texas (native)

Lantana, Texas (native)

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Lantana, Texas 
Scientific Name:  Lantana urticoides
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History/general species info: A Texas tough native stalwart. Durable and nearly indestructible. Also known as "Ham and Eggs" lantana, Calico Bush. A member of the verbena family. The word "lantana" comes from a Latin word meaning "wayfarer's tree" - apt name because it grows in poor soil. 

Characteristics:  Small to medium evergreen shrub that is multi-stemmed. Deer resistant. Low, spreading shrub with rough and aromatic leaves.. Drought tolerant one established. Flowers profusely with the start of hot weather, in mid-to late summer, with small red, yellow and orange flowers clumped together in clusters. Leaves are poisonous to livestock and humans

Native: Yes

Flower: Orange, red yellow

Planting / Care: The most effective use of these plants is often mass plantings in sunny areas with well drained soils. The native form is considered the best variety for hummingbirds and butterflies because of its high nectar content. Lantana can seed readily. Seedlings can simply be pulled out. However, they can also be transplanted into another area of the garden, or even potted. If you do transplant though, make sure the seedlings get enough water for the first month. After that, they need little or no water. do not need fertilizers, although a little in early spring will not harm the plant. Too much fertilizer though may inhibit blooming. Prune anytime but best in early spring. 

Height:  6'

Spread: 6' 

Light requirement: Full sun to part shade.

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees


A&M Horticulture 

Native Plant Society of Texas

photo credit: Texas A&M