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Harrisburg, NC
May 5, 2020 6:38 AM CST
I planted Lantana last year that was supposedly a Perennial. Most of my perennials have started to come back but my Lantana looks like a brown dead stump with no green shoots or leaves. I read that they need to have warm soli before they come back. I live in the south but we have only had a few days at or around 80 degrees so far this year. I am wondering if my plants are dead or if they are coming back but are just late to regrow. My husband is ready to pull them up but I wanted to make sure they are really gone before we do that. Do you think I should give up and replace them?
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May 5, 2020 6:46 AM CST
I think they are dead. It can happen.
I brought two Lantana into the house to try and keep them dormant inside. I have put both pots outside about a month ago. One is growing, the other dry and dead. And I have had a very cool spring. So mine started growing with temps much below what you have.
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May 5, 2020 6:53 AM CST
I wouldn't pull them up just yet. Give them till the last week of May. Then you will know for sure. The only lantana that I know of that is a true perennial, at least in our area, is Miss Huff, and the plants developed from this variety. Any others are sketchy. They may or may not come back each year, whether they do depends on the winter lows and the place they were planted. The Bandana series are somewhat hardy for our area. You can't depend on plants often sold at Lowe's that just says lantana on the tag.
There are some nice lantanas available on AlmostEdenPlants, but most of them are sold out. However, their plant zones listed for their plants I have found to be accurate, and they are a first rate company. I would recommend visiting their website to get an idea of other lantanas that might make it through the winter in your area.
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May 5, 2020 3:27 PM CST
lantana are notorius for starting late.

Agree with wait...

at my house, they are often the last thing to green up.
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Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
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May 5, 2020 4:01 PM CST
Same here. My lantanas usually get zapped by cold 20s temperatures in Jan-Feb and new growth comes out late. Alas, not this year... This year, everything is early. Quince started blooming in late December. The Encore Azalea started blooming in December and stopped blooming 2 weeks ago or so. Roses -not all- in Feb. I now have the lantanas leafing out (early), hydrangeas already blooming (very early) and all of the Crape Myrtles are fully leafed out (that is too early)! I am so confused this year.

So give your lantana a few more weeks. Their timing may be off -first year only- if the wholesaler made them bloom too early last year (so they would arrive at the nursery with blooms).
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May 5, 2020 4:51 PM CST
I believe your zone would be maybe 7a or 7b? I'm not sure Common Lantana (Lantana camara) is hardy that far north but it I guess it could depend on the location it's planted, whether the ground freezes and for how long.
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May 5, 2020 5:34 PM CST
Lantana is supposed to be hardy zones 8 - 11. Possible they made it if you had a very mild Winter.

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