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LANTANA 'Lemon Drop'

Image of Lantana 'Lemon Drop'

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

LANTANA 'Lemon Drop'

Plant Common Name

Lantana

General Description

Lantana 'Lemon Drop' is an everblooming, evergreen tropical shrub that is grown as a tender perennial in temperate zones. This hybrid is grown for its numerous rounded clusters of small, tubular flowers of pale yellow. The plants have dark green leaves, a dense branching habit, and an abundance of flowers.

Lantanas prefer full sun and moist, well-drained, average soil. They are highly attractive to butterflies, look best when planted in masses and offer season-long brilliant color to beds and containers. Where hardy, this shrub can be trained into tree-like standards.

Lantana camara, one of parents in this hybrid, has been called one of the world’s worst weeds. It is highly invasive in some locations. There are sterile cultivars which may be used in the landscape. For more information about the invasive nature of Lantana, see the report by the Global Invasive Species Database at http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?fr=1&si=56. Lantana is a weed only where hardy.

There are also potential health concerns regarding this plant. To learn more go to http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Lantaca.htm.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Polynesia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Indigo

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes