lan·​ta·​na lan-ˈtä-nə How to pronounce lantana (audio)
: any of a genus (Lantana) of tropical shrubs or perennial herbs of the vervain family with showy heads of small bright flowers

Examples of lantana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the nearby greenhouse (about a 10-minute drive away), some of the staffers tend to the flowers—like lantanas and snapdragons—while others work the retail side. Carolanne Griffith Roberts, Southern Living, 22 May 2024 Cosmic Firestorm lantanas deliver year-round color to your yard in red, orange, yellow, and multi-colored options. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 25 Apr. 2024 Overwinter potted lantana in an unheated room that doesn’t get colder than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 13 Sep. 2023 While the butterflies enjoy landing atop and feeding on the flat-faced lantana, they’re particularly attracted to the milkweed, yarrow and several varieties of butterfly bush (Buddleja). Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Larry Fossan, facility manager and landscape supervisor, replaced the lawn with xeriscaping: native plants like lantana, cactuses, Mexican feathergrass. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 Other guides include peony, redbud, azalea, elephant ear, coleus, lantana and coneflower. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Four best-in-class performers — carnation (Dianthus), African daisy (Osteospermum and Arctotis) and trailing lantana — are perfect choices for water-wise ground covers. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Trained into a tall tree shape, lantana can live a long, pleasant life in a deep pot, with full to partial sun and weekly watering. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2020

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Word History


New Latin, from Italian dialect, viburnum

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lantana was in 1791

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“Lantana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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lan·​ta·​na lan-ˈtän-ə How to pronounce lantana (audio)
: any of a genus of tropical shrubs and herbs that have showy heads of small bright flowers

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