Texas Lantana

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Texas Lantana, Hierba de Cristo 
Lantana horrida, Verbenaceae, Verbena Family 

Description: Low, much-branched, wide-spreading, aromatic, with showy heads at branch tips 
Height: To 6 ft, usually half that 
Flowers: Many-flowered, rounded heads of short, tubular, red, orange, and yellow flowers; March to December 
Fruit: Fleshy, edible, black or dark-blue, containing 2 nutlets 
Foliage: Simple, opposite, toothed, oval leaves, dark-green above, paler beneath 
Spines: Occasionally prickly 
Bark: Gray or brown 
Growth Rate: Fast 

Sun: Full sun to partial shade 
Soil: Best in sandy, loamy 
Drainage: Well 
Water: Low, drought tolerant 
Maintenance: Little 
Propagation: Seed, root partitions, or cuttings 

Native Habitat: Clay lomas, resaca banks, scrub, old fields, thickets, swamps, rich sandy woods, gravelly hills, chaparrals, roadsides 

Wildlife Use
Nectar - hummingbirds, butterflies 
Fruit - Northern Bobwhite, Greater Kiskadee, Northern Mockingbird,other birds 
Leaves - Painted Lady caterpillars use some Lantanas 

Comments: Poisonous to livestock 



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