Plant Common Name
The pretty violet-blue blooms of trailing lantana add cool color to warm, sunny gardens. This everblooming, evergreen tropical shrub is grown as a tender perennial in temperate zones. It is native throughout the tropical Americas and able to withstand high heat and periods of drought. It has a shrubby, spreading habit, so it’s able to spill over containers, walkways and garden retaining walls.
The dark green leaves of trailing verbena are small, leathery and have a strong, rather unpleasant fragrance when crushed. It will bloom continuously if growing conditions are favorable. Its rounded flower clusters are comprised of many violet-blue to lilac flowers that are small and tubular. These often have white or yellow eyes and are highly attractive to butterflies. The fruits that follow are blue-black and berry-like.
Hot, full sun and perfectly drained soil are required for good garden performance. Trailing lantana can withstand hard pruning and is quite drought tolerant and trouble free once established. In tropical zones, it may be grown as attractive spreading shrub or used as a quick to spread everblooming groundcover for fleshing out beds and borders, banks and slopes. In areas with cold winters it can be planted as a bedding or container annual.
This species self-sows and is considered invasive in some tropical and subtropical areas.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 4
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 15
H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
2'-6' / 0.6m - 1.8m
South America, Argentina, Brazil, Chile
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns