Lantana camara 'Flortanapi' LITTLE LUCKY HOT PINK
Common Name: lantana 
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Verbenaceae
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to frost
Bloom Description: Yellow, orange, and bright pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Hummingbirds, Butterflies


Top growth winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 (roots hardy to Zone 9). In St. Louis, grow as annual bedding plants or in containers that may be overwintered indoors in bright, cool (40-49°F) locations. Container plants can be trained as standards. Easily grown as bedding plants in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poor soils. Since plants for bedding are relatively inexpensive, most gardeners purchase new plants each spring rather than trying to overwinter ones from the current year. Cultivars generally do not come true from seed, however, cuttings may be taken in summer from favorite plants for overwintering.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Lantana camara, commonly called lantana or shrub verbena, is native to Central and South America. It is an upright frost-tender shrub that grows 3-6’ tall. It has escaped gardens throughout the world and is considered to be a noxious weed in many frost-free/tropical areas where it can rapidly spread to form dense thickets. It has naturalized in parts of the southern United States including southern Florida, the Gulf Coast and southern California. When grown in St. Louis, plants placed out in spring after last frost date may grow to as much as 3-4’ tall by the end of the summer. Tiny 5-lobed flowers in dense hemispherical clusters (to 2” diameter) bloom summer to fall. Flower colors include white, yellow, orange, red and purple, often mixed in the same cluster. Ovate, toothed, dark green leaves (to 4” long) are rough-wrinkled above. Leaves are aromatic when bruised. Many cultivars and hybrids are available, including dwarf and trailing plants, to the point where the straight species is seldom found in commerce. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Genus name comes from the Latin name for Viburnum transferred to this genus.

Specific epithet is a South American vernacular name for a species of Lantana.

'Flortanapi' is a floriferous, dwarf selection of lantana that features a dense, bushy growth habit and a long bloom period from spring to frost. Mature plants will reach 10-12" tall with a similar spread. The small, tubular, yellow, orange, and bright pink flowers are held in rounded to globe-shaped, 1.5" wide clusters. The flowerheads often exhibit multiple flower colors at once. Often sold at nurseries and garden centers under the name LITTLE LUCKY HOT PINK. This plant is protected by patent number PP24555.


No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for whiteflies and spider mites, particularly on overwintering plants.


Annual bedding plant. Containers. Houseplant.