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Featured wildlife: Lantana and butterflies

If you are thinking of replacing your lawn with drought-tolerant plantings, consider Lantana. Lantana is a popular drought-tolerant plant that can thrive with little moisture and in full sun. Lantana produces an abundance of brightly colored flowers all summer and fall, and is a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds. While hard frosts can cause problems for Lantana, plants from local nurseries seem to do OK here once established.

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Lantana (one of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family) and a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterfly. Photo courtesy of Teresa Higgins, used by permission.
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