Around here, we like tough plants. Preferably ones that could grow at the apex of a sand dune while being completely repugnant to deer.
Lantana seems to fit that description. Once established, it survives on minimal water and never once have the deer eaten it ... unlike the yellow shrimp plants I bought last week.
Lantana comes in lots of colors, thanks to the plant breeders, but some varieties seem to have lost their toughness in pursuit of different color petals.
I like the yellow variety for it's indestructibility, profusion of blossoms, and ... well ... it's yellowness.
It must be a great nectar source as it fairly shimmers with butterfly activity this time of year.
Here's a Big-eyed Fuzzball.
And an Orange Spotted Blue Butt sporting the winning team's colors.
A Whystopattwo False-Eyespot butterfly intently sipping away.
A survivor from the Nymph-O-Mania of a few weeks ago when every flower stem was covered with baby grasshoppers.
My favorite butterfly, the Gulf FrittahowDOyoupronouncethatlastname.
It's possible that some of these common names may be different in your region.
That's why we have those fancy Latin scientific names.