Don't think that lantanas don't have some drawbacks. The black berries/seeds they produce are said to be poisonous. Be sure to keep them away from children. The leaves also cause itching on some people, so try not to rub against them if they irritate you. Some people claim lantanas look weedy, but so does butterfly weed. I like them and will always have some around to feed my favorite flying insects.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Why To Plant Lantana
Lantana is an under-appreciated plant where I live. They are so prevalent and easy that "real" gardeners neglect them. Don't fall into this trap! If you live in the Deep South there is no better plant for butterflies and hummingbirds. They come back every year from the roots, they bloom from early summer all the way till first frost, and they are absolutely maintenance free. They seem to get no diseases and are nearly unkillable. Also, they don't spread all over and take over an area - at least they never have for me. The types I plant are the bushy type rather than the trailing types, but either works well. Butterflies of all types are seen visiting this plant and hummingbirds also pass by frequently. They have a citrus smell if you brush or bruise the leaves. This first picture I have is of the old orange variety that I don't know the name of. It gets pretty big and I cut it back occasionally to keep it smaller and to encourage more flowers.