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LANTANA montevidensis 'Trailing White'

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Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

LANTANA montevidensis 'Trailing White'

Plant Common Name

Trailing Lantana

General Description

The clustered white blooms of this trailing lantana have yellow eyes and pale lavender undertones. A spreading, evergreen, tender perennial that blooms year round in frost-free climates, trailing lantana is grown as an annual or container plant in temperate zones. It is native to warm regions of South America and naturalized in many other parts of the world.

The small, dark green, oval leaves of trailing verbena are rough and leathery with toothed edges. Crushed leaves release a strong, rather unpleasant fragrance. Its rounded flower clusters comprise numerous small tubular blooms. Plants that are not deadheaded may produce blue-black, berry-like fruits, with self-sown seedlings often resulting.

This sun- and heat-loving perennial requires well-drained, moderately fertile soil. It withstands hard pruning and is quite drought tolerant and trouble free once established. Deadhead plants to increase bloom and prevent fruiting. In frost-free zones, trailing lantana makes an attractive, fast-growing, everblooming groundcover for sunny slopes or mixed borders. In areas with cold winters it works well as a bedding or container annual. It is perfect for draping from a hanging basket or wall.

This species is considered invasive in some tropical and subtropical areas. Its fruits and other parts may pose health risks; see http://www.caf.wvu.edu/~forage/library/poisonous/page10.htm .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America, Argentina, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Indigo, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes