The Q&A Archives: Should I Bring My Lantana Inside For The Winter?

Question: I have a beautiful Confetti Lantana that I grew in a pot outside over the summer. I don't want to lose the plant - should I bring it inside for the winter, leave it in the pot outside, or plant it outside now as I am doing other perennials? Is Lantana perennial or annual in Zone 7?

Answer: Lantana is considered an evergreen groundcover in mild climates, but it is frost tender and will suffer dieback in light freezes. Hard freezes can kill it, so it's grown as an annual in cold climates. Since it's difficult to predict what each winter will bring, if you typically get hard freezes in your area, I'd recommend bringing it indoors. Keep it in a sunny location and water moderately. It can take severe cutting back in the spring to promote new growth. Note that fruits are poisonous, so if you have pets or small children, that may be a problem.

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