Care for a Lantana Plant


Lantana plants are evergreen, flowering shrubs popular for their colorful clusters of blooms and ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. These showy beauties are grown as perennials or annuals, depending on the climate, and have an exceptionally long blooming season, stretching from late spring to early fall. Lantanas can grow up to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide, depending on the cultivar. Dwarf varieties are sometimes grown in containers. Care of lantana plants is easy, making them a terrific choice for beginning home gardeners.

Step 1

Plant lantanas in a location that has loose, well-draining soil and all-day exposure to full sun.

Step 2

Water newly planted lantanas enough to keep the soil moist. Give the plants about 1 inch or so of water per week once they are established, which typically is two to three months. Water container plants when the top 1 inch of soil is dry to the touch.

Step 3

Shear off spent flowers occasionally during the shrub's growing period (spring through summer) to encourage re-blooming. Cut back overly large plants to two-thirds of their former size, if desired, without causing damage. Prune in early spring for the best results.

Step 4

Feed only lightly, as these plants do not require much fertilizer. One application early each spring of a balanced (20-20-20) fertilizer should suffice.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting lantana in areas where water collects.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Pruning tools
  • Balanced (20-20-20) fertilizer


  • Clemson University Extension: Lantana
  • University of Illinois Extension: Lantana

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.