Texas Lantana, West Indian Shrubverbena, Calico Bush, Native Orange
Texas Lantana requires full sun (6 hours or more daily) and soil with excellent drainage. Plants should be placed at least 4 feet apart to allow enough space for their size at maturity. After flowering, clusters of dark berries ripen on the plant. The seeds may be removed from these berries for propagation and planted in late summer. Texas Lantana may also be propagated by digging the root ball and dividing it into smaller sections for re-planting. Several-inch-long cuttings taken in late summer root well when dipped into rooting hormone powder and pressed into moist, well-drained soil.
Minimal care is required for Texas Lantana. This plant is not picky about soil, but excellent drainage is a requirement. Although Texas Lantana is extremely drought-tolerant, a deep, weekly watering is beneficial during the heat of summer. Care must be taken to avoid over-watering. Texas Lantana must be grown in a location receiving at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and should be provided with space around it to allow air to circulate. This plant does not require staking or other support.
Texas Lantana plants do not require fertilizer unless container-planted. A container plant may respond well to a general, water-soluble 20-20-20 monthly fertilizer, applied according to the directions on the product label.
Texas Lantana should be pruned back to about 8 inches in early spring to encourage fresh, new growth. Long stems may be trimmed back to maintain a neat form.
Spider mites may occasionally appear on Texas Lantana. These may be treated with insecticidal soap, applied according to the product label directions. Too much water will quickly kill this plant.