Lantana, Trailing Lantana, Weeping Lantana 'Trailing Lavender'

Lantana montevidensis

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)
Species: montevidensis (mon-tay-vid-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Trailing Lavender
Synonym:Lantana sellowiana



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Athens, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama

Daphne, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Anthem, Arizona

Buckeye, Arizona

Hereford, Arizona

Maricopa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Wenden, Arizona

Gentry, Arkansas

Belvedere Tiburon, California

Canoga Park, California

Crockett, California

Elk Grove, California

Fairfield, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Folsom, California

Hanford, California

Knights Landing, California

Laguna Beach, California

Lincoln, California

Martinez, California

Red Bluff, California

San Diego, California

Stockton, California

Auburndale, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Deland, Florida

Green Cove Springs, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Adel, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Lisle, Illinois

Derby, Kansas

Haysville, Kansas

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Ringgold, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Madison, Mississippi

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada(2 reports)

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Averill Park, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Lima, Ohio

Conway, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

Alice, Texas(2 reports)

Austin, Texas(4 reports)

Boerne, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Grapevine, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

Kerrville, Texas

Kyle, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Nursery, Texas

Odessa, Texas

Onalaska, Texas

Plano, Texas

Rockport, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(3 reports)

Spicewood, Texas(2 reports)

Spring, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Saint George, Utah

Martinsville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 16, 2019, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

Beautiful plant, but doesn't do well in the ground over the winter in Zone 8a. Freezes back and never comes back the next Spring. I have learned to use it in pots, and cover in freezing weather or bring inside. Not at all invasive here in Texas. Wish it was. However, it does much better than the white. Treat it as an annual. It is pretty cheap here at Lowes. Around 6 dollars for a really big plant. Just wish it was more hardy.


On Mar 9, 2017, fixerupper from Pompano Beach, FL wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't more negatives. Here in South Florida this has become a problem in my garden.

We originally bought this when we were in a "purple phase" and also because it is a butterfly plant. It spread out way more than 5 or 6 feet. It smothers anything it grows over and becomes a tangled mess. It roots easily, which makes it spread even more. I got it all out of the back, but I still get sprouting up front. Any little piece of root or stem will start a plant. It's been ten years at least.

I love lantanas but will be looking for one of the sterile varieties in the future.


On Feb 1, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species has naturalized in 8 states. Unlike L. camara, which is one of the world's worst weeds, it does not appear to be ecologically invasive in the US.


On Aug 9, 2015, Paulsur from Plano, TX wrote:

Planted 3 of the white ones that were starters this past March. They got off to a slow start, and not much happened until the searing July summer. Now in August all three are growing gang busters. Recommend that you plant in mounded organic compost, so it drains well. They don't like wet feet.


On Sep 28, 2013, debylutz from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Trailing lantana makes a great groundcover in tough areas. It attracts bees and butterflies. It must be cut back hard before the spring growth flush.


On Feb 19, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

i had 5 small plants that got mowed down, and they came back stronger and much faster than before. the blooms are continuous and a great addition to your garden for constant color, nectar, groundcover, and drought tolerance once they've established.

i never get to see the butterflies (if they do) visit because of where it is planted.


On May 24, 2012, toni689 from NURSERY, TX wrote:

I received a start of this in late April. I immediately came home and planted it in the ground. I have been keeping it watered and I don't think overly so. But, there were days here and there that it did not get watered.

I know it was kind of late to start it, being that temps were already very high. All of the stems have turned brown and I don't think there are any new growth stems.

Does anyone know if its possible to save the plant or if it will come back next spring? I can dig it up and pot it in the house, but Im afraid the shock will kill it for sure.


On Oct 7, 2011, angelinamax from Alamogordo, NM wrote:

I LOVE this plant! It's my first year planting it and it doubled in size in about two months. I only water it maybe once a week, lightly and it flowers more the less you water it. It is so pretty and I haven't noticed it smells like anything. I hope it survives the winter (7b/8a) here. I originally just got this plant because it's sturdy, but fell in love with it's beautiful, vibrant color!


On Oct 1, 2011, squirmy2000 from Lisle, IL wrote:

I live in Chicago on the 5th floor looking east. I purchased this for the first time this spring. I've always loved lantana being originally from the Southeast, and when I saw a creeping variety at my local nursery, I had to try it. I planted it in a pot hanging on my balcony railing. It trailed beautifully over the side with lots of blooms all summer. Little dead heading was required. Very fragrant with a Lilac scent. The leaves do irritate the skin with itching when handled. Make sure you wash well with soap and water after handling.
In June, a female Rufous hummingbird discovered the plant and visited about 10 times a day, especially in the evening. In late July, a male Ruby throated and a male Rufous discovered it and began fighting over it. They ran the female off and the male ... read more


On Jan 7, 2011, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I received this information from htop who sent me a link to a study which showed that the trailing varieties of Lantana are more resistant to Lantana Lacebug than the bush varieties and some colors are more resistant to Lacebug... Lavender and Red. In Texas, our beautiful native Lantana gets hit every July with this awful pest so diffucult to eradicate that I have decided to switch to the montevidensis species. I have cuttings rooting now of the trailing white and trailing lavender. The Monarchs and bees love this plant which makes it doubly difficult to deal with any pest the plant has.


On Jun 23, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

I planted one of these lantanas next to my mailbox post years ago in full sun & sandy soil & the plant still comes back year after year. Although this is a "trailing" variety, they seem to climb as well. Mine grew up the mailbox post & the flowering quince next to the mailbox. Like other lantanas, likes full sun & is very drought tolerant. May not bloom without full or near full sun. Burns back in winter. I prune the dead branches in early spring & it always comes back. Blooms late spring - early summer to early winter here.


On Jun 30, 2009, greatswede from Lincoln, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is a fast grower and very attractive in the garden. The flowers are a standout! Don't like smell of leaves though.

I planted them last year and they did well until the frost. I had covered them with a thermal landscape blanket and two out of three plants came back (for a while they looked dead). I planted a new one this year. It came with blooms but has none at this time while the old ones are blooming quite well.

I've heard that if the plant can make it through the first winter, it will probably do OK after that. I hope so!


On Jul 23, 2007, BrooklynJon from Brooklyn, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have this growing in hanging baskets, dressed up with some vines, in sunny spots of my z7 yard. It doesn't seem to mind drying out at all, and gives me a steady supply of flowers. I'll overwinter them indoors.


On Jul 21, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows well around and under cedar trees. Grows well in poor soil with little water. Deer in my area have never bothered it at all. Comes back every year and by the end of summer one plant can cover a 6ft area. If it freezes it is best to cut back to the ground as it will come back up from the ground next year NOT on the old wood.


On May 9, 2006, YeeFam from Leander, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

We grew yellow trailing lantana in a small (4" x 4" X2 4" w*d*l) flower box last year - very pleased with the results.

We had about 4-5 hours of afternoon sun.

To keep it healthy, we watered every morning during the spring & fall, morning and evening during the summer.

We are going to try purple ones this year - hope they are just as easy......


On May 31, 2005, revwje from Buckeye, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

does very well with full sun. The Phoenix AZ heat does not seem to brother it. Do not over water! Twice a week is ok with only about a gallon and half of water.


On May 8, 2004, Mr_Marty from La Quinta, CA wrote:

I just planted 4 Lantana in direct sun and 1 in shaded sun about a week ago. The shaded one has died already and the other four are doing great.

Since I only spaced them about 18" apart, I may not replace the dead one in the hope that the others will cover the area.

I live near Indio, California where it's been about 100 degrees for the last week.


On Apr 26, 2004, fllady wrote:

i grew this plant last year in littleton n. c. I planted it in a hot dry spot and it grew quite large and bloomed all summer. last fall i covered it with mulch and now (april 26) it is sprouting new leaves. I plan on planting more of them this year.


On Apr 1, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
This lantana is among my 2 favorites. It grows quickly once established. It is low growing compared to the others and seems to take cold weather better. It will still be blooming after light frosts when the others have been "crisped". Like all lantanas, it grows and blooms best in full sun, but will grow in partial shade. If the winters are mild here, it does not die back. I trim it back each year whether it has died back or not to keep it from spreading out of the flowerbed. The stems easily root when they are in contact with the ground. When I prune it back, I place the rooted pieces in pots and grow them through the winter to give to friends and neighbors after seeing them in quart size containers at the local nurseries selling for $9.99. The plant can cause skin... read more


On Mar 17, 2004, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I live on the border of Sunset zones 8 & 14 in California, and I bought a small 6-pk of these beauties last year. Before I got them in the ground, three died. However once planted [in part shade], the other 3 spread out like gangbusters and bloomed until the heavy rains hit in fall, when they lost most of their leaves and got rather raggedy-looking. At this point, some of the leaves are starting to come back, but it has purple blooms all over it. Easy to care for and lovely to admire.


On Oct 30, 2003, dho1655 from Belvedere Tiburon, CA wrote:

This plant is deer-resistant.


On Oct 19, 2003, desertpete from Odessa, TX wrote:

Here in West Texas, my Lantana dies back in the winter and comes back in the spring. It seems to take a little longer to come back than some other perennials, but is worth the wait.


On Oct 18, 2003, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My mother planted three Lantana in 2002; they were pretty that year but nothing spectacular. When I started added to the exsisting bed all I found was dead looking dried stumps. I dug all three up and saved one. I babied this dried plant for weeks and finally in June I saw three little green leaves. It stayed about 3 inches high until about 6 weeks ago and though it is not very big, but it makes up with the fact that it survived and is blooming profusely. I hope it comes back stronger next year.


On Feb 20, 2003, southernbelle wrote:

I have a trailing lantana growing on my windowsill which receives afternoon southwesterly sun. I keep it regularly watered and it seems to be growing fine, but it is not blooming and the edges of several leaves are brown and crispy.


On Oct 17, 2002, kymom42 wrote:

I recently bought one of these this spring. It has bloomed all summer. I live in Kentucky (USDA Zone 7) and I don't know how to keep this from dying other than to take it indoors.


On Aug 31, 2002, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Love this plant. I put it in the ground and it just bloomed all summer with no extra care from me. Easy to root cuttings also.


On Aug 28, 2002, ADKSpirit from Elkton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have three colors of trailing lantana, yellow, white and purple, in my garden. Here in north Florida they bloom all year once the plant has established itself, unless we get a cold snap. They are very vigorous plants but not as invasive as the bush types of lantana. They don't have berries like the bush types either. They attract lots of butterflies and the illusive hummingbird moths. The leaves have a wonderfully spicy smell.

Trailing lantanas love the sun, are drought tolerant, and make great plants to use in flower beds adjacent to pavement, parking lots and driveways, where other plants wither in the heat. They do well as underplantings beneath palm trees, crape myrtles, and make good potted plants.


On Sep 21, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A tender perennial, this trailing form of lantana is gaining popularity as a groundcover and hanging basket plant. Color choices are becoming more abundant. The white and lavender flowering varieties are typically sterile and don't require deadheading.

The foliage is dark green and coarsely toothed. It has a distinctive smell when crushed or bruised. There have been some reports of animals becoming sick after ingesting the leaves.