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Lantana montevidensis (Trailing Lantana)

Trailing Lantana, Purple Trailing Lantana, Lantana sellowiana, Pole-Cat Geranium, Weeping Lantana, Wild Verbena


A popular landscape plant, Lantana montevidensis (Trailing Lantana) is a sprawling woody shrub forming a dense and colorful groundcover with its evergreen foliage of strongly-scented, small, coarsely-toothed, slightly-hairy, dark green leaves. Round clusters of tiny rosy lilac flowers, adorned with a yellow throat, bloom continuously throughout the year in frost free areas. In cooler areas, Lantana montevidensis is grown as an annual, with flowers blooming from spring to fall. They attract butterflies and bees. This Lantana is a tough, resilient plant valued for its long season of reliable blooms.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. high (30-45 cm) and 3-5 ft. long (90-150 cm).
  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates part shade, but the best flower production is obtained in full sun. This plant thrives in sandy, slightly dry soils. Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • Thrives in extreme heat, and drought. Lantana is salt tolerant, making it an excellent choice for plantings near the beach.
  • Deer resistant
  • Great as groundcover, banks and slopes, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, Mediterranean gardens or in containers. Lovely when cascading from hanging baskets or over a wall.
  • Lantana is generally a very low maintenance plant. May be subject to powdery mildew if grown in shade. Leaf spot and stem rot may also occur.
  • Leaves can be a skin irritant.
  • Native to South America

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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