How to Take Care of Lantana Plants


Lantana is a sun loving annual plant characterized by sprawling growth, rough textured leaves and flower heads with dozens of tiny blooms, often in multi-colors of yellow, pink, orange, and white. Some cultivars may even self seed to return for another spring.

Step 1

Choose a site with good drainage and full sun for your lantana bed. These carefree annuals are happy in almost any soil, but thrive in acidic, warm soil. Plant them when the soil is warming in mid to late spring, avoiding the cool soil of the early growing season.

Step 2

Allow 16 to 18 inches between lantana plants as they will spread and add height rapidly. Some mature plants can grow 4 to 6 feet wide and tall, while other cultivars are more compact and low growing.

Step 3

Water well after planting and continue giving supplemental water for several weeks as the lantana establishes roots. During hot summer weather or drought, water weekly to ensure continuous blooms.

Step 4

Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring when planting. Lantanas are robust plants that will be happy without much fuss, and too much fertilizer encourages foliage growth at the expense of blooms.

Step 5

Prune throughout the summer by clipping the tops of each stem. Blooms should increase with new growth. If lantanas become too vigorous and outgrow their territory, cut back up to 1/3 of the new growth. After watering and applying a weak dose of fertilizer, normal growth and flowering should resume.

Tips and Warnings

  • The black berries of the lantana are toxic and poisonous, more so if eaten many at a time. Look for sterile cultivars that will not produce fruit to avoid this danger.

Things You'll Need

  • Lantana starts
  • Garden shears
  • Balanced slow-release fertilizer


  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension, Lantana
  • University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Plant of the Week: New Gold Lantana
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