Lantana urticoides (Texas Lantana)

Lantana urticoides, also known as Texas Lantana or Calico Bush, is an evergreen shrub from the Verbenaceae family. It has a wide native range in the United States, ranging from Alabama to California and as far south as Florida and Texas.

This hardy plant can reach heights of up to 6 feet tall with its dark green foliage and bright flowers that come in shades of yellow, pink, orange and red. Its most notable feature is its strong scent which attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

Lantana urticoides Information

Common NamesTexas Lantana, Calico Bush, West Indian Shrub-verbena
Native to USAAL, AZ, CA, FL, LA, MS, NC, NM, SC, TX 
SizeAround 3 feet tall

It’s drought tolerant once established making it suitable for xeriscape gardens or wildflower meadows. With proper care it will make a stunning addition to any landscape!

The best way to grow Lantana urticoides is in full sun and well-drained soil. It’s relatively pest free but may be susceptible to fungal diseases in the right conditions. Pruning can help control its size and shape and deadheading will encourage more flowers. It tolerates some light frost so it can be grown year round in mild climates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lantana urticoides edible?

Lantana urticoides is not edible. When ingested, the plant can cause adverse reactions such as vomiting and skin irritation.

Is Lantana urticoides an invasive species of plant?

Yes, Lantana camara is considered an invasive species in many parts of the world, including the United States. It can spread quickly and overtake native vegetation by forming dense thickets that displace other plants and reduce biodiversity.