Pink Lantana, Lantana camara, is a broadleaf evergreen, drought tolerant plant. This plant is generally an annual plant throughout the tropical portion of America, but can be a perennial in the USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10.
Blooms and Leaves:
Pink Lantana blooms from April until the first frost or sometime in October if there is no frost. These plants are the most stunning during the heat of summer, showing off their little tube flowers that are grown in clusters of red, orange, white, yellow and of course, pink.
Pink Lantana or Lantana camara, will easily grow to 4 feet tall and even taller in some areas and will spread up to 3 feet in width. The leaves are fragrant and deciduous, meaning they will drop the leaves each year and leave gray, shaggy stems in the landscape.
Caring for Pink Lantana does not take much time. It grows real well in areas that are full sun, dry and warm or even hot. This plant will grow well in soils that are sandy and salty making it perfect for the coastal areas. Watering is not a big deal with this plant either, it does not require a lot of water and should be in well drained soil.
Pink Lantana can be cut back if it is damaged from a frost of if it needs to be reshaped to look best in the landscape. Pruning the tips of these plants while they are growing will encourage it to produce more flowers.
Fertilizing is not a huge requirement for Pink Lantana. Usually one very light application is all that is needed and it should be done in the spring of the year.
Propagation of Pink Lantana can be done from seeds, cuttings or root division. The seeds or black berries that are produced are poisonous if eaten by mammals, but birds readily eat them and will spread them creating plants where they may not be wanted. However, if you do want to try growing them from seeds they should be planted during the last of winter into the following spring and germination will be 40 to 60 days. If you decide to try flower shoot cuttings, they should be 3 to 5 inches long and rooted in a medium that drains well. Dividing Pink Lantana roots should take place in the winter during the plants dormant stage. At this time the plant can either be totally dug up and the root divided or just cut out a piece and plant it.
Pink Lantana has many uses in a landscape where it will provide lots of color for many months. It also attracts birds and butterflies so it could be added to a wildlife garden.
National Plant Society of Texas