Lantana Growing Guide

Lantana camara, Lantana montevidensis


Crop Rotation Group



Any fertile soil with excellent drainage.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Very limited. A few lantana varieties will persist as perennials where winters are mild, but most are killed by hard freezes.


Mix a standard application of a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil prior to planting along with a generous helping of well-rotted compost. When growing lantana in containers, use a coarse potting soil that drains well.


Lantanas are sprawling plants that attract huge numbers of butterflies, so locate them where they are easily seen on sunny days.


Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 25cm (9") with 35cm (1' 1") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Lantana is considered an invasive weed in many places, please check with government and local weedlists before choosing to plant lantana. If Lantana is permitted in your area purchase vegetatively propagated plants of a seed sterile cultivar. Most gardeners buy lantanas as bedding plants, which are sold in late spring and early summer as warm-weather bedding plants. Large varieties may need wider spacing, or you can grow them in 35cm(14-inch) diameter containers.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Many lantanas have florets that change colour as they age. Blooming is best in very warm weather. As long as they have ample water, lantanas tolerate extreme heat.



Lantanas that dry out often can be brought back to life with regular water and fertiliser.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Lantana