Lantana, also called shrub verbena, is a tropical evergreen hardy in USDA growing zones 8 through 11. The plant grows to a height of 6 feet and spread of 8 feet when left to grow naturally. Lantana shrubs produce branches that hold clusters of flowers called umbrels. Propagate the lantana plant by taking softwood cuttings from the non-flowering branches in early to mid-summer. Softwood cuttings root quickly, but are fragile and dry quickly when not cared for properly.
Disinfect a sharp knife with isopropyl alcohol before using. Do not use a pruning clipper that will crush the stems.
Cut a 3-inch stem section off a non-flowering branch with the sharp knife, performing this procedure in mid-summer from new growth areas. Place the cuttings in a wet paper towel inside a plastic bag to prevent the stems from drying.
Mix equal quantities of peat moss, coarse sand and perlite to create a well-draining rooting medium. Moisten the medium with water and fill it into a rooting tray that has bottom drainage holes.
Remove the leaves from the lower half of the Lantana stem with the knife. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone. Stick the Lantana stem 1 inch into the rooting medium. Space the cuttings in the tray so the leaves of each stem do not touch.
Mist the Lantana cuttings and rooting medium with a spray bottle and water and cover the tray with a clear plastic bag. Place the tray in a warm location that receives filtered sunlight. Monitor the soil moisture so the cuttings do not dry out.
Fertilize the cuttings once root growth appears. This will take two to three weeks. Apply 1/2 dose of a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks.
Pinch off the tips of new growth by hand once it reaches a length of 2 to 3 inches. This will promote bushy growth in the plant.
Transplant the Lantana cuttings into individual growing containers during the spring after propagation.