Texas Lantana

Lantana horrida

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:




Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Buda, 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(6 reports)

Spicewood, Texas

Spring, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Jetersville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 21, 2021, misty28 from San Antonio, TX wrote:

Do not confuse native Texas Lantana with invasive lantana camara! Texas lantana is only red, orange, and yellow. Lantana species purchased at big box stores and many nurseries are most likely lantana camara.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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....


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.


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.