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Desert Lantana, Hierba Negra, Mexican Marjoram,Veinyleaf Lantana, Mejorana
Lantana achyranthifolia (L. macropoda)


Desert lantana is a short, aromatic, hairy shrub with slender stems and white or pink flowers that appear in spring and after rainfall throughout the year. The simple, oval to lanceolate leaves are 3/8 to 1/3/4 inch long and 1/8 to 1 inch wide, covered on both sides with white hairs. It grows in rocky limestone hills, arroyos and roadsides in the Trans-Pecos, Rio Grande Plains, Southern Coastal Prairie and Edwards Plateau, south to Mexico. Desert lantana thrives in full sun with little water, requiring no maintenance in garden settings except trimming back once established. The leaves and fruit are browsed by white-tailed deer, and the leaves and nectar attract butterflies. The whole plant is aromatic, and it has sometimes been identified as belonging to the mint family, of which the true marjoram is a member.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white or pink

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: drupe with 2 seeds

Height: to 3 feet

Width: to 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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