Lantana

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Lantana with butterfly.

Lantana is not native to most of the US, and will not survive through winter in areas where it gets very cold, but it is a great butterfly attractant. Hummingbirds are also attracted to it.

I've been very happy with growing lantana in my garden - it attracts many butterflies as well as hummingbirds. I grow it in pots though and take cuttings in the fall to bring inside for the winter. Not all nurseries in this area sell it and even the ones that do tend to get them in a little bit later in the year, that is why I keep the cuttings.


Where to buy Lantana

Lantana is sold at most nurseries, but the red colored Lantana that I like the best is not always easy to find.


How to Propagate Lantana

New plants can be started from cuttings, but it is not that easy. At least it isn't that easy for me. I use rooting powder but still have quite a few cuttings that die shortly after I take them.


The Verbenaceae Family

Lantana is a member of this family consisting of herbs, shrubs or trees. It is made of of 100 genera and 2600 species, most of them in warmer climates. Verbena is another well known member of this family.




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