Lantana 'New Gold'
(Lantana x 'New Gold')
Common lantana is a highly invasive species in Florida. However, there are mild mannered, non-invasive (sterile) selections available for the Florida-Friendly garden. ‘New Gold’ is one of these cultivars, having waves of brilliant golden flower clusters from spring through fall that attract butterflies and other pollinators. This drought tolerant, low maintenance perennial can make a great addition to the landscape, without the worry of it spreading to places where it isn’t welcome.
Mature Size: 2 feet tall, 4 feet wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Plant Habit: Mounding/Spreading
Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Spring - Fall
Attracts Wildlife: Butterflies
Uses: Landscape groundcover, mass planting, or large container garden
Cold Hardiness Zone(s): 8 – 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Water Needs: Low
Soil Tolerances: Drought tolerant; prefers well-drained to medium-drained soils
Soil pH: Acidic to Alkaline
General Care & Growing Tips:
Lantana enjoys full sun, and once established needs only occasional watering. It should also be noted that all varieties of lantana are poisonous (berries are poisonous to humans and leaves are highly toxic to animals), and handling of plants may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people. For these reasons, gardeners should give careful consideration before planting lantana in the landscape.
Common Pests: Watch for whiteflies. A leaf spot fungal disease may appear in times of wet weather or excessive overhead irrigation.
University of Florida. (n.d.) Lantana. Gardening in a Minute. http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu
Harrison, Marie. (2004). Choose the right lantana for your landscape. University of Florida. http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/News_Columns/2004/081504.pdf
Photos by Alicia Lamborn
- UF/IFAS Sites
- Demonstration Gardens of the University of Florida's Extension Service
- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
- Types of Gardens
- Lawn and Garden Landscape Design
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org