Texas lantana is a very drought tolerant, tough, spreading shrub. The stems develop thorns with age. Flowers are tubular and colorful - red, orange, and yellow. Lantana flowers from April to October. Its fruit is round, fleshy, dark blue to black. The berries are poisonous to most mammals.
Lantana’s leaves give off a sharp aroma when touched and they can cause a skin rash. Mature plants tend to form large mounds that may be separated into smaller plants in the winter.
Texas lantana is deciduous, dropping all leaves in the winter and leaving stems of gray, shaggy bark. These can be cut to the ground to keep the shrub small, or left to grow into thick trunk and branches. The wood of the lantana is especially tough and durable and has been used for weaving and crafts.
Texas lantana is a wildlife friendly plant. It provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds. Many birds relish the fruit. Bees use the nectar in honey production. It is an excellent food source for many butterflies, especially swallowtails, hairstreaks, skippers, sulphurs and brush-foot butterflies. It is also a crucial food source for the larva of the Lantana Scrub-Hairsteak butterfly. Texas lantana is highly deer resistant.
Lantana is intolerant of insecticidal soap. Spraying with insecticidal soap will damage or kill it.
Attracts butterflies and birds. Deer resistant.