Lantana is a wonderful plant for southwest gardens because it is drought resistant, flowers profusely all summer, grows like crazy and best of all, it’s perennial. You cut them down to the base in the late fall after they die back and they start all over in early spring. They come in yellow (which seems to me to be the hardiest), a yellow-orange and I think a lavender. And the butterflies love them.
I’m a terrible gardener and even I can grow Lantana. And that is my treatise on Lantana
What a beautiful photo! We raised them from eggs once for one of the kid’s science projects and then set them free. One thing they don’t tell you? Caterpillars poop ALL THE TIME. Could not believe the amount of poop that came out of those little things. I guess that is the big lesson we learned!
You know what I love best about this picture? The butterfly isn’t hanging over my shoulder going, “Do I look fat in this picture? WHAT is going on with my bangs? I had no idea I had such dark circles under my eyes? Why didn’t you tell me that I was making that weird face?” We can learn a lot from butterflies.