This cutie is known as Lantana
This colorful flower reminds me of a delicious bowl of sherbet.
It isn’t a flower you want to eat, though — no matter how yummy it looks. 🙂
It’s actually a little poisonous. Be careful where you plant it if you have wee ones or dogs.
The butterflies and hummingbirds love Lantana, though!
Lantana is an “annual” in western states like Colorado and Wyoming
This means it blooms all summer, but it doesn’t return next year.
Add this flower to your flowerpots or in the ground for a BIG pop of color.
Here’s why to add this colorful beauty to your summer garden…
- Lantana can take the heat, so it’s a good flower to try in your garden hot spots.
- It’s easy going. Lantana grows well in sunny locations, as well as partly shady spots.
- You’ll find it in many colors, from vibrant oranges and electric pinks, to calming yellows and purples.
- It tolerates drought, which is good in our semi-arid climate.
- Lantana attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Yay!
- This plant is deer resistant, so it isn’t the first choice of deer for munching.
- Typically, it’s resistant to Japanese beetles. If you live along the Front Range in Colorado and you want a pretty flower that’s resistant to these hungry insects, add Lantana to your list.
Do you live in another region of the country?
If you live outside the Rocky Mountain region (like in the Southeast or Southwest), ask at your local garden center whether Lantana can be grown where you live.
There are some places where it isn’t allowed.
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