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Nature in Florida - The Lantana Plant

Nature in Florida - The Lantana Plant
Nature in Florida - The Lantana Plant

The Lantana plant starts out innocently as a $2.97 plant from the local diy store as this one did.  I always have Lantana around to feed the butterflies, bees and hummers. See my previous post about the Tiger Swallowtail. This one was purchased because who can resist this sales person?

Here is my $2.97 plant now. Maybe I should have bought the $1.79 one.

Nature in Florida - The Lantana Plant

This plant looks like this from it’s first bloom in spring to well into winter. The little plant can grow into a thicket without any extra work on your part so light pruning during the growing season helps. As you can see, I missed a few light pruning sessions on it.

Those blossoms hold lots of nectar for the butterflies, and they do love them.

Lantanas are part of the Verbena family and are more like a wildflower in growth habit. They can grow up to 10' high. There are three native species of Lantana in Florida: but wild sage or button sage are the most prevelant; they have white flowers with yellow centers. Anything with orange and yellow is called LantanaNature in Florida - The Lantana Plant Depressa. They are extremely drought resistant.

Aren't they gorgeous? If your thinking of finding a home where your Lantana can grow; give us a call (727) 237-0083. We sell homes all over west Pasco County and the New Port Richey area of Florida. Lantana's unripe green berries are known to be poisonous so use caution is choosing these plants.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsToni Weidman • September 26 2011 01:26PM


Toni, I really like plants you don't have to do much with, so really wish they would grow in Denver.   It is a beatuiful plant and would love to attract hummingbirds and butterflies!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 7 years ago


Great post on Lantana varieties, they make a wonderful hill cover, and love benign neglect.  We have had purple lantanas around here, and I have not seen the weeping types.  We are both blessed with amazing plants and nature.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 7 years ago

Joan - you would love these. They really don't need anything and grow and bloom like crazy.

Alexandra - they do make great cover. The weeping types are hard to find in Florida so maybe all over? I love having all those beautiful flowers and trees. You have gorgeous ones too.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

The thing I like best about them Toni give them a little water and they do the rest themselves.  They are about as low maintenance as a plant gets.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 7 years ago

Toni: Lantana is the only thing blooming here in Texas. We are in a very seriouwsdrought situation. The best part is they take little care.


Posted by Carl Winters about 7 years ago

I like lantanas - especially in that shade of yellow.  Butterflies love them too.  I had one growing quite well, and then it up and died on me.  I need to replace it.  Thanks for reminding me.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 7 years ago

 I never rally thought about the fact that some of these plants are good at getting the butterflies and stuff there!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 7 years ago

Hi Toni, These are some of the hardiest plants I have ever known. I planted some new ones last years in shades of deep red and I was sure I had lost it to the rabbits. The ate on it every day. The neighbor got the rabbits and moved them to the less tame part of San Diego and it is now flourishing. The smell of this variety is just fabulous.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) about 7 years ago

Dear Toni -
Great shots of one of my favorite flowers!
Amazing that they can have several colors at the same time!
Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) about 7 years ago

Howdy and morning Toni

Lantana plants sure are mighty nice looking. Yours sure are mighty fine looking ones.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 7 years ago

Toni, they are quite beautiful!  What a good choice for your garden.  I like that it attracts butterflies too.

Posted by Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI (North Sky Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Toni - I always loved the Lantana when I was growing up in Florida.  Here we have 'butterfly' bushes.  The girls bought me three tiny ones last year for Mother's Day.  They were only about 6-8 inches tall but the girls knew I wanted one and that's the only size they could find.  We planted the three and by the end of the season they were 6 feet high and HUGE.  Perennials, they go dormant in the winter and come back again huge the next season.  I love the birds, bees and butterflies they bring in.

Watch those Lantana and the bunnies and other wildlife as they are poisonous and can kill something as large as a cow!!!


Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) about 7 years ago

Toni, I'll take one of those homes where I can grow Lantana. You have so inspired me. I am going to the garden store today to see if they have Lantana....I'm probably all upside down and too late...but if I have the intention....then I will get it lined out and make it happen. I recognize the plant but never knew the name. I don't have a lot of room to grow things....but with planning I can incorporate this plant into our Courtyard. I am excited....we have the Hummers coming now and a sweet grey squirrel (scares me that he will break things but so far so good). Add butterflies and I would be very happy with our little garden. Next time we do a "spiffy up", I will take some photos. I have a succulent that a client gave me when they moved back East and it is very happy....I digress...thank you for this information....I'm excited! Have a beautiful day! Oh...almost are wonderful....

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) about 7 years ago

Anita - you got it! And, the rewards are many.

C&C - I feel so sorry for you all. Wish we could make it really rain in the Rain for you.

Myrl - the yellow lantana is gorgeous. I don't know if you know it is a hybrid.

Chris - all plants have a purpose in life :) some are the bringers of butterflies.

William - I didn't know that rabbits ate Lantana. That's interesting because we have wild bunnies around but I have never noticed the Lantana having chew marks. Glad it came back.

Lynn - they are lovely to look at.

Dale - I surely do have a good one.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

Michael - I like that too; in fact when I planted my first butterfly garden years ago is when I discovered Lantana.

Cyndi - I have never heard that Lantana is poisonous to anything but I'll have to do research. I wonder if William's rabbits are still running around his yard or are goners.

Jeanean - You can also grow them in pots which keeps them to a more managable size. They don't get as big but the butterflies still love them.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

Toni - I remember as a kid growing up my grandmother telling me not to eat them.  Ok, like I was going to eat the flowers in the yard??  Never quite understood that although I was quite the adventurous one - still am! But, I digress - yep they are poisonous.  Check Out This Article.

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) about 7 years ago

Cyndi - thank you. I just learned something new! I will add that to my post.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 7 years ago

This is one of my very favorite 'weeds'! You pop them in the ground and they thrive on their own! That is sensible gardening that makes all the local insects happy!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 7 years ago

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