Purple Trailing Lantana
(Lantana montevidensis)

Plant Description:

Common lantana is a highly invasive species in Florida.  However, there are mild mannered, non-invasive (sterile) selections available for the Florida-Friendly garden.  The Purple Trailing Lantana species is one of these sterile selections, having waves of soft purple flower clusters from spring through fall that attract butterflies.  This drought tolerant, low maintenance perennial can make a great addition to the landscape, without the worry of it spreading to places where it isn’t welcome.

Mature Size:     18 inches tall, 6 foot spread

Growth Rate:     Fast

Plant Habit:     Trailing

Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Green

Flower Color:     Purple

Bloom Time:     Spring - Fall

Attracts Wildlife:     Butterflies

Uses:  Landscape groundcover, hanging baskets, container gardens 

Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     8 – 11

Exposure:     Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs:     Low

Soil Tolerances:  Drought tolerant; prefers well-drained to medium-drained soils

Soil pH:     Acidic to Alkaline

Maintenance:     Easy/Low

General Care & Growing Tips:

Purple Trailing Lantana tolerates partial shade, but blooms better in full sun.  Once established, only occasional watering is needed. Plants can be pruned back in late winter to produce new growth.  It should also be noted that all varieties of lantana are poisonous (berries are poisonous to humans and leaves are highly toxic to animals), and handling of plants may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people.   For these reasons, gardeners should give careful consideration before planting lantana in the landscape.

Common Pests:  

Watch for whiteflies.  A leaf spot fungal disease may appear in times of wet weather or excessive overhead irrigation.

Reference:  University of Florida. (n.d.) Lantana. Gardening in a Minute. http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu

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