Trailing Lantana

Also known as:
Weeping Lantana
South America

General description

Low-growing, perennial, climbing, creeping or trailing shrub. Stems are slender and four-sided when young, turning cylindrical and woody with age. Leaves are ovate, opposite, finely toothed, rough on top and hairy underneath. Flowers are pink/purple with white/yellow throats and borne in dense clusters. Fruits are fleshy, green turning pink/red/purple and contain a single pale seed.

What you need to know

Although trailing lantana is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Disturbed sites, open areas, pastures, wasteland, roadsides.

Seeds dispersed by birds and other animals. Vegetative spread from stem fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.

Can form dense infestations. Poisonous 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

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

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.

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RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Trailing lantana - Main species image