Lantanas Love Florida
& Butterflies Love Lantana
Lantana plants (Lantana camara) are evergreens of the broadleaf variety. Lantana plants are technically shrubs.
Lantana plants can be grown as evergreen perennials in zone 8 and higher. Lantana plants are not indigenous to Florida but have become naturalized there and are widespread. In fact, lantanas are considered invasive plants in Florida. So they can be strong growers.
Known for their hemispherical clusters of small, bright-colored flowers, lantana plants can reach 6' high (with a spread of 8') in Florida landscaping. The flowers may be yellow, orange, white, red and purple, and often colors are mixed within the same cluster. Lantana plants are salt-tolerant, and they're drought-tolerant once established. Lantana plants like full sun and tolerate poor soils.
Butterflies are attracted to lantana plants, making them a staple of butterfly gardens. Lantana plants also attract hummingbirds.