Lantana for Pollinators

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I went out to pick my green beans this morning and discovered my lantana covered in bumble bees.

This is the first time I have grown lantana in a couple of years. I try to grow it on a regular basis in some container because I know that in the past I have seen both hummingbirds and Eastern swallowtail butterflies flocking to it every time I do grow it.

But this was the first time I had seen so many bumble bees on the plant at the same time. A couple seemed to be hanging out and drying out–there had been rain the night before. But several more were actively visiting, looking for pollen. It was nice to see.

I know that in warmer parts of the United States lantana can be an invasive plant, so, as always, know before you grow!

4 thoughts on “Lantana for Pollinators

  1. tonytomeo August 24, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    Our only lantana gets frosted back to the ground annually, but somehow regenerates into a nice big shrub. the only problem is that by the time it finally takes the time to slow down and bloom, the it is getting late in summer!

  2. gardendaze August 25, 2018 / 6:30 am

    That’s what happens if I start things from seed out of doors here ( as opposed to basically starting my own transplants). For laughs this year, I threw some calendula seed in in mid-May. I still don’t have flowers. Maybe in time for frost….

    Karla

  3. roberta4949 August 29, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    I see them around here they are very pretty usually blooming by july beginning of august.

  4. gardendaze August 29, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I really like them. I have had multiple colored ones like this several times. I think this one is actually called “Patriot Rainbow.” It sure is a rainbow–I don’t know how it votes.

    I have also had one that’s just orange and yellow that is called “Texas Flame.” That was the one the butterflies liked.

    No matter what, they were all pretty.

    Karla

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