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Plant Guide

Lantana montevidensis 'New Gold'

Common Name
New Gold Trailing Lantana
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Ground Cover
Size
18" - 2'
Flower Color
Bright Golden Yellow
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Summer
Leaves
Medium Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Rarely Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Attracts Beneficial Insects
  • Bees
  • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Semi-hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Erosion Control
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

The montevidensis lantana is a low-growing, trailing plant. This variety has bright golden flowers that bloom from late spring into fall. Lantana is a great plant for areas that are prone to deer and rabbits because they ignore them. This variety has a reduced fruit set due to near sterility to encourage longer and more profuse blooming period.

Plant slightly above grade in well-drained soil. While it will survive in partial shade, it does best in full sun. Add an amendment while planting to encourage blossom development. Mulch well after watering to retain soil moisture. Prune in late winter to reduce woody, leggy plants. While it is an evergreen plant in the frost free areas of Marin, it can be killed by heavy frosts.

This is a favorite of bees, hummingbirds and bees.

No significant pests or diseases.

Master Gardener Comments

I use Lantana extensively because I have deer. They have never been eaten and are very drought tolerant. I have them on a hot, sunny hillside and some of the plants are 7 - 8 years old. Try to get the sterile varieties or those that are resistant to fruiting for a longer bloom period.

Varietals

L. montevidensis 'Imperial Purple'  - trailing with royal purple flowers

L. montevidensis 'Lemon Drop' - trailing with yellowish white flowers that are resistant to early fruiting

L. montevidensis ' Weeping White' - trailing with white flowers

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