Butterfly Gardeners Report From:

HOUSTON, TEXAS: Texas lantana is a very popular nectar plant. It is not used as a caterpillar food plant in this part of Texas.

The current rating for Texas Lantana is:

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West Indian Shrubverbena (Lantana urticoides)

Other common names for this plant include

Texas Lantana,Calico Bush

Texas VerbenaWest Indian Shrubverbena is most commonly known as Texas lantana. To make identification of this plant just a bit more difficult, the scientific name for this plant, Lantana urticoides, is also sometimes listed as Lantana horrida.

Not only does this great butterfly nectar plant appear under various names, but it also is very similar to another verbena, Lantana camara, which is widely available. Lantana camara is not recommended for butterfly gardens as it is listed as an invasive weed in Florida and has also become a problem in Texas and Hawaii where the seeds are easily spread by birds.

Once you have figured out what to call this plant and have made certain that you do not have its invasive cousin, you will be ready to enjoy a long season of colorful blooms produced on this small, woody shrub. Texas lantana has low water requirements and prefers a well drained soil.

Importance as a caterpillar food source: Texas lantana is one of the food sources for the Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak. The Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak has only a very small range in the United States but can also be found in Mexico. Jan Dauphin has photographed the life cycle of the Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak in south Texas. Since the United States range of the Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak is limited to eight southern counties in Texas and one in Arizona, Texas lantana is primarily considered a butterfly nectar source.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source: Loved as a nectar plant by a wide variety of butterflies.

Texas Lantana Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 11
Bloom Period
April - October
Bloom Color
Plant Height
2 - 3 feet
Plant Spread
4 - 6 feet
Light Exposure
Soil Moisture
Medium to dry, well drained
Animal/Pest Problems
Deer resistant


Native range for Texas Lantana

Native Range for Texas Lantana(Lantana urticoides)