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New gold lantana is low mounding evergreen flowering shrub developed through hybridization of Lantana camara and Lantana montevidensis. It grows quickly to 2-3 ft. high, 6 ft. across that becomes covered with round ball-like flower heads that are gold in color for long periods of time in spring and summer. Deep green leaves are 2-4 in. long and pungent when crushed.

New gold lantana is a premier flowering shrub for Inland Empire gardens where it is adapted to sun, heat, wind and aridity, and can be sustained with low amounts of supplemental water. Like other lantanas, it can be clipped and shaped to grow as a low hedge or border plant, or be left to provide erosion control on banks and slopes.

Water Needs

New gold lantana is well adapted to sunny garden locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; monthly deep watering will help sustain good flowering performance and foliage character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub, Ground cover
Foliage Character: Evergreen, Drought deciduous
Habit: Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 2 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Summer, Spring, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Mass planting, Grouped, Foundations, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies


Lantanas naturally want to become very wide plants. For lantana to remain a low maintenance plant, they must be planted where they have space to become their full size or must be planned as a hedge by design (S). Prune to cut back lightly as a hedge almost any time of the year. Foliage and branches may be damaged by frost, but plants will almost always rebound once the weather warms up in spring. If possible, and depending on appearance, it is better to wait to remove frost damaged branches and foliage until all risk of additional frost has passed for the season because the damaged material protects the rest of the plant from further frost damage. Plants can be cut back as hard as desired, including almost all the way to the ground, in early spring, and most often rebound vigorously (S).



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