Down in Dallas, Texas, my relatives have lantana which comes back every year. Here in St. Louis, I’ve never had that happen. Last year however I specifically planted two varieties that were a bit more cold-hardy – Star Landing and Miss Huff. I added about four to six inches of leaves and grass clippings in the fall for a bit of protection and crossed my fingers they might make it.
Today I cleaned up the area and cut back the old stalks. One thing I immediately noticed was that while my ham and eggs variety, pink and yellow, seemed dead and dry, the Star Landing and Miss Huff both had a bit of green to the stalk and still had a bit of moisture.
With temperatures in the 70’s this week, I’m hoping the soil will warm and the lantana might decide to sprout. We’ll let you know the results.