Central and South America

General description

Aromatic, prickly shrub < 3 m tall. Flowers are small, pink/yellow/orange and borne in inflorescences. Fruit is blue/black and borne in berry-like clusters.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell lantana. As lantana is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant lantana within the Auckland region.
  • You must destroy all lantana plants on the land you are occupying if it is within rural Auckland.
If you see lantana anywhere in rural Auckland, please report it to Auckland Council at

Coastal scrubland, cliffs, foreshores, consolidated dunes, forest margins, grassland, wasteland, plantations, gardens.

Seeds dispersed by birds.

Potential to alter vegetation structure in open or low-stature plant communities. Reduces pasture productivity and is toxic to livestock.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species in rural areas. Please report to Auckland Council.

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Check for presence of agents:
Lantana leaf rust (Prospodium tuberculatum)
Lantana blister rust (Puccinia lantanae)

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with double strength glyphosate gel
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

trailing lantana
Lantana montevidensis

Trailing lantana is low growing or prostrate, has smaller leaves and purple or white flowers, sparingly weedy.

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RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Whole region (Progressive Containment, land occupier rules)
Lantana - Main species image