How to Grow Lantana Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Shrub Verbana, Yellow Sage, Ham 'n' Eggs, and Spanish Flag

Although Lantana are half hardy perennials they are normally grown as half hardy annuals in the garden.

They carry clustered flowers of yellow, red, orange, lilac, white, or pink from the middle of summer until the first frost of winter.

Lantana reach from between 30 to 60 cm (12 to 24 inches) in height.

Some of the common names for Lantana include Yellow Sage, Shrub Verbana, and Red sage.

Lantana Flowers
Lantana flowers by Nieve44/La Luz.

Lantana by RBerteig.

How to Grow Lantana

Lantana Growing Guide and Facts

Common Names: Shrub Verbana, Ham 'n' Eggs. Spanish Flag. Button Sage, Red Sage. Lantana: Weeping; Desert; Brushland; Island; Trailing.
Life Cycle: Half hardy perennial commonly grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 20 to 80 inches (50 to 200 cm).
Native: Tropical regions of Africa and the Americas.
Growing Region: Zones 6 to 10.

Flowers: Summer until first frost.
Flower Details: White, yellow, blue, pink, orange. Multi-coloured. Changes colour as the plant matures. Umbels. Fragrant.
Foliage: Evergreen. Ovate.

Sow Outside: 1/8 inch (3 mm). In warm areas only towards the end of winter or in at the start of spring. Spacing 12 to 36 inches (30 to 90 cm).
Sow Inside: Soak seeds overnight. Germination time: one to three months. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors a few weeks after the last frost when temperatures do not drop below 50°F (10°C).

Requirements: Full sunlight or light shade. Average soil. Provide support for larger plants. Regular deep watering. Pinch tips. In cooler areas pot pants and bring indoors over the winter.
Propagate: Cuttings in late spring.

Family: Verbenaceae.
Closely Related Species: Basil, Deadnettle, Lavender, Mint, Perilla, Sage, Thyme.
Miscellaneous: Though often called Red, Yellow or Wild Sage, Lantana camara is not related to sage, that is in the Lamiaceae genus.

How to Grow Lantana

Unless you live in a warm part of the world, it is best to first grow Lantana indoors first.

The seeds should be imbibed in warm water for a day. Then sown at a depth of 3 mm (1/8 inch) and kept at a temperature of 21 to 24 degrees Centigrade (around 70to 75 °F). It will take from one to three months for Lantana to germinate.

Once growing the Lantana should be transplanted into the garden at a spacing of 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16 inches) in mid-spring.

They can be grown in either a sunny or a lightly shade area that has an average soil type.

Once established pinch back the young Lantana to encourage bushiness.

If you live in a warm climate then Lantana seeds can be sown in the garden at a depth of 3 mm (1/8th of an inch) towards the end of winter.

Caring for Lantana plants

Once growing you can propagate Lantana plants by taking cuttings; this can be done in either spring or summer.

Members of the Lantana genus are easy to look after, though they require to be regularly and deeply watered in the summer months.

Common Questions

How many members does the Lantana genus contain?

The Lantana genus consists of around 150 species. They are known for their vibrant flower clusters, which can help to add pops of color to any garden.

Do members of Lantana make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Lantana species make excellent garden and landscaping plants. They are drought-tolerant, attract pollinators, and have beautifully colored and scented flowers.

Which Lantana species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The most commonly grown species is Lantana camara, known as Common Lantana. It's favored for its multi-colored flowers and ability to attract butterflies.

Are members of the Lantana plant genus fragrant?

Yes, Lantana flowers often have a sweet fragrance, which can be quite strong, especially in the evening.

What is the perfect location to grow Lantana?

Lantana plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant, making them ideal for sunny borders or rock gardens.

Is Lantana invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Lantana camara is considered invasive in several southern states, including Florida, Texas, and Hawaii. it is able to spread rapidly.

How do I remove Lantana plants from my garden?

To remove Lantana, cut back the plant and dig up the roots. Be sure to remove all root pieces using a sieve, as new plants can readily grow from root fragments.


The Lantana genus, part of the Verbenaceae family, includes perennial shrubs native to tropical regions of the Americas. Recognized for their clusters of brightly colored flowers, these plants are often used in borders and containers.

Lantana prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Regular watering is necessary, especially during dry periods. Propagation is typically achieved through seeds or cuttings, taken in the spring or summer.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Lantana plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Painted nettle, Rumex plant, and Verbena bonariensis plants.