Lantana 'Samantha'

Lantana camara

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)
Species: camara (kuh-MAR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Samantha
Additional cultivar information:(aka Lemon Swirl)



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Cabot, Arkansas

Boulder Creek, California

Carlsbad, California

San Leandro, California

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Fayetteville, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Columbia, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Brownsville, Tennessee

Belton, Texas

Cedar Park, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 2, 2017, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've grown this plant for years and years and have not experienced a problem with invasiveness. However I prune it yearly to maintain a 2x2' round shrub.


On Feb 1, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The unripe fruit of this species is toxic to humans. The foliage is toxic to many animals if ingested.

This species has naturalized in 14 states and is considered damagingly invasive to natural areas in Florida and Hawaii.

The World Conservation Union IUCN has included this species on their list of 100 of the world's worst invasive species, an honor it shares with only 31 land plants.


On Apr 12, 2012, hoitider from Emerald Isle, NC wrote:

The nicest lantana,slow growing,overwinters in my zone 8,stuning foliage,a must have plant


On Sep 10, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the most beautiful Lantana I've ever grown. The foliage is awesome even when the plant isn't in flower. It blooms repeatedly all Spring and Summer. What's not to love?


On Feb 6, 2009, bluespace11 from Austin, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Samanthas the only lantana Ill grow. Flowers are perpetual and the foliage works well with millions of plant combos! Samantha is a little girl, and will take a few years to become a lovely young lady measuring 3 wide and 2 tall. She is by no means a garden brut to be controlled. Over-fertilization can cause leaf scorch and freezing temps will result in death if left in a container; so plant her or heal her into a bed before first frost!
A Greg Grant introduction.


On Jun 28, 2008, marsue from Isabella, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I bought this plant because of its name: Samantha, which happens to be my DGD's name. It hasn't grown all that much but maybe it is supposed to stay smaller--I don't know.


On Feb 14, 2006, sltxgardener from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

I love the beautiful color combination of the variegated leaves and the yellow flowers. However, I have had a problem with the buds drying up and dying before they open and the leaves getting very leathery and black around the edges. After spraying with neem oil, the new buds start opening again and the leaves look healthy for a while, but the problem returns. Any idea what pest attacks lantana?


On Oct 17, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Samantha (Lemon Swirl) is quite different from most cultivars because it has variegated leaves. It is grown as much for its foliage and compact form as for the bright yellow blossoms. It is a sterile cultivar and does not set seed. This is another advantage because the seeds are very toxic.


On Jun 1, 2004, rylaff from Niceville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have a love for any variegated plant, so when I found this butterfly attracting plant, I had to have it. Reminds me of one similar called strawberry lemonade.