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PlantFiles: Texas Lantana
Lantana horrida

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)
Species: horrida (HOR-id-uh) (Info)

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral susynovice On Jun 6, 2013, susynovice from toronto
Canada wrote:

I brought my Lantana in for the winter and brought it outside in May. The problem is I was away 2 weeks in April and two in May and the plant did not have any light. It is not doing well. Have I killed it.

Positive sanz On Apr 14, 2013, sanz from Fairchilds, TX wrote:

Texas Lantana doing well in Needville Tx. I have two plants growing in back yard. A deep pink color with the inside being white. Both are 4 foot tall by 3 foot wide. Just water and cow manure is all I have done for them.


Positive Anitabryk2 On Oct 29, 2005, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although this plant is an annual in my region, it is extremely hardy to dry, hot weather. It fills in nicely and blooms all summer long. Propagates well and quickly from stem tip cuttings.

Positive Tim55 On Jun 28, 2005, Tim55 from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This was growing wild on the lot adjacent to our place, purchased the vacant lot and have found that the more attention it gets the faster and better it grows, we cut it back so we could clean the trash and leaf litter out and found it grew back amazingly fast. Also very easy to transplant. Literally, pulled it out by the roots, dug a hole, stuck it back in and watered it. Within 1 month could not tell it'd been touched.

Positive Joviala On May 13, 2004, Joviala from Austin, TX wrote:

Texas lantana is a nector food of the Monarch butterfly on it's migrations from Mexico to Canada each year and back.

Positive frostweed On May 3, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Texas Lantana, Lantana horrida is native to Texas and other States.
It is a wonderful plant that will bloom all summer untill frost and attract buterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, I love it and highgly recommend it.

Positive WillowWasp On May 2, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This one has bloom all last season and slowed a bit this winter, it was one of the first blooms I had this spring. A very pretty landscape addition....

Neutral whiteflowers On Mar 14, 2004, whiteflowers from Brazoria, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

I read that it is named *horrida* because the person who named it hated the pungent small of its leaves. I love it! Lantana will make a tall groundcover if you let it spread. If you want to curb it, then trim in back to 2" every winter after first frost when it dies back.

Positive nipajo On Oct 11, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have several varieties, I have the orange and yellow, the red and yellow, the yellow and the lavender. The lavender seems to be the only one that spreads all over the place. It is on a fence, and growing along the ground. They are all blooming and will be until the first frost. The lavender is far more low lying and bushy where as the others are upright and slow growing. Every year I cut the lavender to the ground and every year it spreads more.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Russellville, Arkansas
Berkeley, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Urbana, Illinois
Ringgold, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Marriottsville, Maryland
Mathiston, Mississippi
Ronkonkoma, New York
Enid, Oklahoma
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Arlington, Texas (2 reports)
Austin, Texas (4 reports)
Brazoria, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Canyon, Texas
Center, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Crockett, Texas
Dallas, Texas (2 reports)
Denton, Texas
El Paso, Texas (2 reports)
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Georgetown, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Humble, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (5 reports)
Spicewood, Texas
Spring, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Jetersville, Virginia

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