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Growing Lantana montevidensis:
Trailing Lantana

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Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 1-2' high by 4-6' wide.
Flowers: Small flowers in rounded same-color clusters, purple to white.
Bloom: Mid-spring to frost.
Fruit: Small, blue-black fruit.
Leaves: Dark green leaves with rough texture are 1" long. The leaves emit an unpleasant odor when crushed.
Stems: Woody, trailing stems grow along the ground. No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: All parts of this plant are toxic. Contact may cause skin irritation.
Origin: Tropical South America.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-10. It dies to the ground at 20°F, but can recover from its roots if properly mulched.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Monthly.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline), adaptable otherwise.
Mulch: Cover roots in fall in regions with winter freezes.
Prune: After the last freeze, remove dead branches, and trim to shape. It flowers on new growth.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: It is propagated by cuttings because seedlings take years to bloom.
Uses: Ornamental, ground cover, erosion control, xeric garden.

This plant is a member of the Verbena family (Verbenaceae). Another common name is Purple Lantana. A Queen butterfly is shown in the picture.

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Lantana montevidensis: Trailing Lantana - flower cluster

Lantana montevidensis: Trailing Lantana - with butterfly

Lantana montevidensis: Trailing Lantana - purple flowers

Latest update: February, 2019
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