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Desert Plants

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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purple trailing lantana is invasive in south
Photo 5 of 11This plant is reported as invasive in areas of the south where it's hardy. Invasiveness is also reported in other regions of the country.

Purple Trailing Lantana (5 of 11)

Low-growing, vining evergreen shrub with purple flowers used as a groundcover
Plant in full sun; tolerates heat and drought
Plant in average to dry, well-drained soil
Height: 6-12 inches; Width: 3-4 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 8b-10:
Zones 2-8a: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; pull up dead plants after first hard frost.
Zone 8b: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; do not prune back dead stems until early spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; prune back dead stems in fall or early spring.
Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; may continue flower throughout most of year; prune as needed.

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