Lantana (White) – Plant
Lantana plants are very fragrant, so they re often grown for their smell. This hardworking plant not only thrives with little moisture and in full, unyielding sun, it does so with ease.
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This profusely flowering evergreen ground cover or low shrub is native to South America. It is drought and seacoast tolerant, great for slopes where erosion is a concern and soaks up full sun without getting too thirsty. Its strongly scented foliage is small but attractive with oval shaped medium green leaves densely covering the woody stems. The circular heads of the pristine white flowers compliment nearly any color scheme and persist from spring through fall. It makes an excellent ground cover, is great in containers, and trails along the ground covering a 6 wide swath with a 2’ height. It attracts birds and butterflies but is toxic to deer who know enough to stay away from it. Best suited to Sunset Western Garden zones 8-10 and 12-24, Boething Tree land Farms grows it in one and five-gallon sizes.
- Growing lantana in the garden is a great way to add color and interest.
- Simply choose a sunny location and plant them in well-draining soil.
- Although these plants are tolerant of many soil conditions, lantana flowers prefer slightly acidic soil.
- Mulching with pine needles is an easy way to raise pH levels in areas with low acid.
- Lantanas are planted in spring once the threat of cold weather and frost have ceased.
- Keep in mind, however, that they prefer warm temperatures so new growth may be slow to appear.
- Once the temperatures warm up though, they will grow abundantly.