Plant of the Month: Trailing Lantana (Lantana Montevidensis)

Plant of the Month: Trailing Lantana (Lantana Montevidensis)

The Trailing Lantana is a clumping, rapid-growing and free-blooming ground cover that ranges from 1-1/2 to 2 feet high, and spreads to 3 feet wide. Plants are blanketed with lavender flowers during the warmer seasons. If damaged by frost, prune it in the late winter and you’ll find it will come back fast in the spring. It’s an ideal bank cover, especially on sunny slopes, and it’s good for erosion control. When planting, space them 1-1/2 to 2 feet apart for ground cover. They are native to South America.

‘Gold Mound’, a hybrid introduction from Texas A&M University, has rich gold flowers and does not produce seeds. Many other hybrids are available.

For more information, check out Lush & Efficient at CVWD.com.

For a brief overview on Lantana, check out Louisiana State University’s AgCenter video:

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