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Sonset Hardy Lantana

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'Sonset' Hardy Lantana
Lantana camara 'Sonset'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  7b-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7b, where this Lantana variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

'Sonset' is the hardiest of all perennial Lantana we've grown at our nursery and in our north central Georgia gardens. At about half the mature size, and with new growth emerging a month earlier in spring, Sonset Lantana is equally if not slightly more cold hardy than the famous 'Miss Huff' Lantana.

The bicolor flower clusters of the Sonset Lantana are truly amazing, changing color throughout the day. The flowers emerge yellow and soft orange in the morning; by mid-afternoon they have changed to dark orange and red; by evening the colors have changed again to magenta and purple! All the colors are brilliant and both butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to them. So make sure to plant this one near windows, patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living spaces where you can enjoy watching the feeding frenzy!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a dense mound 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, Sonset Lantana is ideal for use as an accent in smaller garden spaces and home foundation plantings. In larger landscape borders it is ideal for use in groupings, mass plantings or as a colorful hedge. It's smaller size makes it an excellent candidate for growing in pots, planters and other containers, and it's a fine addition to butterfly and hummingbird gardens, sunny perennial gardens, and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Spacing:  3 to 4 feet for solid hedges and mass plantings; 8 feet or more for space between plants 





Cultural Preferences

CAUTION!  Avoid pruning hardy Lantana in the fall as doing so almost always ensures death of the plant! Wait until new growth begins to emerge in spring to remove dead stems. A mid-summer shearing is okay.

Hardy Lantana are very easy to grow in most any moist to somewhat dry well-drained soil of average to even poor fertility and full to mostly sun. Constantly soggy soil or standing water is problematic. Some light shade is tolerated but plant will grow more dense and produce the most flowers throughout the long flowering season (June to Frost) in full to mostly sun. We suggest at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for best performance.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Lantana plants.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial Shrub
Height at Maturity: 3-4' in ground, 2-3' in containers
Width at Maturity: 4-5' or a little wider
Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges, 8' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Purple
Flower Size: 2" round clusters
Flowering Period:  April/May to Frost!
Flower Type:  Rounded Cluster
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Green
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 6.5 (Acid to SLightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, prune in Spring (Not Fall!)
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit



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