Texas Lantana

Lantana horrida

Other common name(s):

Calico Bush


Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Southern Texas Plains, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Broken Red Plains
Low Mountains and Bajadas, Stockton Plateau
Eastern Cross Timbers, Grand Prairie, Limestone Cut Plain
Bastrop Lost Pines, San Antonio Prairie, Southern Post Oak Savanna
Balcones Canyonlands, Edwards Plateau Woodland, Llano Uplift, Semiarid Edwards Plateau
Coastal Sand Plain, Floodplains and Low Terraces4, Laguna Madre Barrier Island and Coastal Marshes, Lower Rio Grande Alluvial Floodplain, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Mid-Coast Barrier Islands and Coastal Marshes, Northern Humid Gulf Coastal Prairies, Southern Subhumid Gulf Coastal Prairies, Texas-Louisiana Coastal Marshes
Northern Nueces Alluvial Plains, Rio Grande Floodplain and Terraces, Semiarid Edwards Bajada, Texas-Tamaulipan Thornscrub
Floodplains and Low Terraces1, Northern Blackland Prairie, Southern Blackland Prairie
Flatwoods, Tertiary Uplands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form






Leaf Retention




Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Clay, Caliche, Well Drained

Light Requirement


Water Requirement

Very Low, Low

Native Habitat

Grassland, Woodland, Wetland or Riparian

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Orange, Yellow

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Berry, Nectar, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds


Winter: May be pruned back to keep plants from getting too large; plants may be divided and transplanted. The early winter blue-black fruit clusters should be removed from ground areas where children or pets occupy as seeds are considered poisonous if eaten. Propagation: Seed.


Blooms April-November. Flowers begin yellow and turn orange. Flowers attract butterflies; fruit attracts birds. Plant gets thorny with age. Replaces Invasives: Largeleaf Lantana.
Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonym/s, Lantana horrida, Lantana scorta, Lantana urticoides, Lantana hispida, Lantana notha, Lantana horrida var. latibracteata, Lantana urticoides var. hispidula


1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) Miller, George O., Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas 2nd Ed., 2013, pg 48., 52. 3) Wasowski and Wasowski, Native Texas Plants Landscaping Region by Region, 1991, pg. 248. 4) 5), 6), 7) Native and Adapted Landscape Plants, City of Austin and Texas A&M, 2014.

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