Scientific: Lantana (in the Phoenix area this is mostly either L. montevidensis or hybrid cultivars of L. montevidensis and L. camara)
Common: lantana, trailing lantana
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Tropical America, but naturalized in Florida and parts of the southeast United States and Hawaii where it has been declared a noxious weed.

Pronounciation: Lan-TAN-na

Hardiness zones:
Sunset 8-10 and 12-13 (often cold damage), 14-24
USDA 9 (other zones as summer annual) - 11

Landscape Use: Variable forms and a versatile and dependable color display makes for a variety of landscape uses such as a summer annual or perennial accent, large scale landscape ground cover, informal hedge, raised planters, hanging baskets and containers. This is one of the quintessential 'oasis' landscape design shrubs for near year around color accent the Phoenix area.

Form & Character: Evergreen shrub, free flowering, cheerful, bright, semi tropical.

Growth Habit: Mostly a herbaceous tender evergreen perennial sub-shrub, growth habit of hybrid cultivars depend on cultivar type rangings in habit from an upright shrub up to 6 feet tall to a prostrate and spreading ground cover shrub less that 18 inches tall.

Foliage/texture: Small ovate scabrous leaves with serrate margins on generally wirey and brittle stem; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Lantana has terminal cluster of flowers, many colors from white, to orange to pink to red, multi-colored, followed by black berries. All prostrate lantanas with purple flowers are L. montevidensis.

Seasonal color: Lantana can produce flowers throughout the entire year.

Temperature: Heat loving, but cold sensitive. Most lantana will suffer frost and freeze injury during most Phoenix winters in exposed locations. Otherwise Lantana hybrids are sparsely foliated and dormant during winter. Lantana montevidensis is the most cold tolerant.

Light: Full sun to partial shade, no full shade.

Soil: Tolerant

Watering: Regular applications of water especially during summer months is best.

Pruning: Prune lightly as needed, or head back hard to near ground level in early spring after the danger of frost has past. In Phoenix, if lantana is frost or freeze damaged during winter, then don't immediately remove the unsightly, dead shoots (wait until early spring) as these damaged shoots will protect underneath living shoots from further frost injury.

Propagation: Lantana is very easy to propagate by vegetative softwood cuttings. Seed propagation is reserved mostly for cross breeding of species.

Disease and pests: In the late summer and early fall there are white flies!!!! Oh yeah, can you say ice cream??

Additional comments: For ground covers most horticulturist and landscape designers will select L. montevidensis (purple flowers most of the year) because of it's trailing, prostrate habit. Note though that there are now many new hybrid cultivars with other flower colors such as yellow and orange that have prostrate trailing habits.

Some common lantana hybrids cultuvars include:

Lantana sap is poisonous and can irritate human skin. Green, unripe fruits can if ingested cause dizziness, weakness, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death.

Invasive alert: Lantana camara has naturalized in moist, warm parts of the US where it is considered a pest plant.