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New Gold Lantana

Lantana x 'New Gold'

Mature Height*: 

1-3 ft

Mature Width*: 

3-6 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

7 to 11

Hardy to: 

20°F

Water Requirements: 

Moderate Water, Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Native to:

Tropical Americas, naturalized in Florida.

Origin and Adaptability:

Introducing Lantana 'New Gold', a stunning cultivar cherished for its vibrant golden-yellow blooms. Native to tropical regions of the Americas, particularly in Central and South America, this resilient plant thrives in warm climates and is well-suited to a variety of soil types. Its adaptability makes it an excellent choice for landscapes, containers, and borders, adding a burst of color to any garden setting.

Architectural Form and Foliage:

New Gold Lantana exhibits a compact, mounding growth habit, reaching heights of up to 18 inches with a spread of 24 inches, but can as a ground cover, reach up to 6 feet wide in certain conditions. Its dense foliage consists of small, ovate leaves in a rich green hue, providing a lush backdrop for the profusion of golden blooms.

Floral Display and Growth Speed:

In spring and continuing through fall, 'New Gold' Lantana produces an abundance of small, clustered flowers in cheerful shades of bright yellow. These vibrant blooms are self-cleaning and attract butterflies and bees, making the plant a valuable addition to pollinator gardens. With its fast growth rate, this Lantana quickly fills in garden spaces, forming a colorful carpet of blooms throughout the growing season.

Light and Water Requirements:

New Gold Lantana thrives in full sun exposure, requiring at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to ensure optimal flowering. It is drought-tolerant and heat-resistant once established, requiring minimal irrigation. However, regular watering during dry spells can promote lush growth and prolonged flowering. Well-draining soil is essential to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Wildlife and Pollinators:

The nectar-rich flowers of 'New Gold' Lantana attract a myriad of pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, enhancing the biodiversity of the garden. Additionally, its dense foliage provides shelter and nesting sites for small birds and other wildlife, contributing to the ecological balance of the ecosystem. Note that the lantana plant is typically deer-resistant.

Cultural Significance and Edibility:

While not commonly consumed, Lantana species hold cultural significance in various regions where they are valued for their ornamental beauty and resilience. In some cultures, Lantana plants are associated with luck and prosperity, often used in rituals and ceremonies to bring good fortune.

Challenges and Considerations:

Lantana 'New Gold' is relatively low-maintenance but may benefit from occasional pruning to promote bushier growth and remove spent flowers. It is generally pest and disease-resistant, although proper watering practices and good air circulation can help prevent issues such as powdery mildew. Some lantana selections produce clusters of black berries which are considered poisonous, but New Gold is almost completely fruitless.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

With its compact growth habit, vibrant blooms, and adaptability to various growing conditions, 'New Gold' Lantana is a versatile choice for landscape designs. Landscape architects and designers can use it as a ground cover, border plant, or mass planting to add a pop of color to garden beds and containers. Its ability to attract pollinators and its drought tolerance makes it a valuable asset in creating vibrant, wildlife-friendly outdoor spaces.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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