Plant Family / Lantana
Vigorous, Lantana are sun-loving evergreen shrubs or perennials forming bushy mounds of dark green foliage which get abundantly covered with brightly colored flower clusters from late spring to fall. Blooming continuously for months in warm combinations of colors, their blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but are ignored by hungry deers. Their wrinkled leaves are aromatic (pungent scent) when bruised. Lantana are tough, resilient plants which thrive in extreme heat, humidity and drought. Fast-growing, they are mostly used as groundcovers, ornamental shrubs or in containers. Salt tolerant, they are an excellent choice for plantings near the beach.
A popular landscape plant, Lantana montevidensis (Trailing Lantana) is a sprawling woody shrub forming a dense and colorful groundcover with its evergreen foliage of strongly-scented, small, coarsely-toothed, slightly-hairy, dark green leaves. Round clusters of tiny rosy lilac flowers, adorned with a yellow throat, bloom continuously throughout the year in frost free areas.