Lantana montevidensis
'Pot of Gold'

Verbenaceae

Lantana montevidensis 'Pot of Gold'

Lantana montevidensis 'Pot of Gold' is a fairly new cultivar that has a trailing habit. I received my first plant about 3 years ago and since then it has been one of my favorite Lantanas to grow. They have compact dark green, coarse foliage with leaves up to 3 inches (8 cm) long by half as wide. Plants spread up to 3 feet (1 m) across. They make an excellent groundcover or hanging basket plant. They are hardy in USDA zone 9-11. When used as a groundcover in zone 7, they should be treated as annuals.

Blooming Time: In the greenhouse, they bloom all year long with bright yellow gold flowers. Individual clusters reach up to 3 inches (8 cm) across. When planted outside in zone 7, they will bloom until the first frost.

Culture: Lantana montevidensis 'Pot of Gold' need full sun to partial shade with a rich well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. Plants are watered deeply at least once a week and sometimes twice if the pots are small. They are fertilized once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. Too much water or fertilizer will give you lots of lush growth at the expense of blooms. Keep spent bloom heads trimmed off.

Propagation: Lantana montevidensis 'Pot of Gold' is propagated by cuttings in the spring.

Lantana montevidensis 'Pot of Gold' was featured as Plant of the Week August 22-28, 2003.

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