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Lantana urticoides (Texas Lantana)

Texas Lantana, Calico Bush, West Indian Shrubverbena, Lantana hispida, Lantana horrida, Lantana horrida var. latibracteata, Lantana notha, Lantana scorta, Lantana urticoides var. hispidula


Spectacular even in the worst heat of the summer, Lantana urticoides (Texas Lantana) is a spreading deciduous shrub forming a large bushy mound of broadly ovate, rough to the touch, toothed leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). Blooming over a long season extending from mid spring to fall, the shrub is literally covered with colorful tubular flowers held in dense, rounded clusters. Their color turns from yellow to orange to red as they mature. The blossoms attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. They are followed by round, fleshy, deep purple-black berries which are poisonous to most mammals (and humans) but are relished by birds. Texas Lantana is deciduous, dropping its leaves in the winter and exposing its stems of light gray, flaking bark. The wrinkled leaves are aromatic (pungent scent) when bruised. Texas Lantana is a tough, resilient plant valued for its long blooming season and its resistance to drought, heat, deer, and salt. It is a fine choice as a shrubby ground cover in dry, poor soil.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Easily grown in poor, medium to dry, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens or in native plant gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back in winter to control size and shape.
  • Propagate by seed sown in late winter to spring, by cuttings in mid-summer to fall, or division in winter.
  • The leaves can cause a skin rash when touched.
  • Native to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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