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Trailing Lavender Lantana
Lantana montevidensis 'Trailing Lavender'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:  8a-11 (7b?)  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a, where this Lantana variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Thinking it wasn't a cold hardy perennial, for years we sold 'Trailing Lavender' as an "annual" that wouldn't come back north of USDA Zone 9a. That was until 2006, when we planted a patch of it as an annual flower bed in our USDA Zone 8a gardens here in north central Georgia. Instead of removing the plants at the end of the growing season, as we usually did, we left them there. After what was a typical cold winter, which usually kills off the tender annual lantana varieties, we were very surprised to see than all the Trailing Lavender Lantanas survived. So we left them them grow and them came back strong, and have done so every year since. Needless to say, we switched over to selling it as a hardy perennial rather than a tender annual. 

Trailing Lavender is one of if not the most profuse bloomers of all the Lantana varieties we grow in our gardens, rivaling New Gold and Chapel Hill Gold. All summer long and well into fall, the trailing mounds are literally smothered in very pretty and soothing bright lavender flower clusters the butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to!

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to about 12 inches tall and trailing to 3 feet wide or so during a season, Trailing Lavender Lantana is ideal for use in a grouping, mass plantings, as a border along paths and walkways, or to cascade over walls and boulders in sunny landscape borders and home foundation plantings. Its smaller size lends well for use as an accent in smaller garden spaces and a spiller in pots, planters, hanging baskets and other containers. A fine addition to butterfly and hummingbird gardens, rock gardens, sunny perennial gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs). 

Note: Keep in mind that plants growing above ground in containers are not as cold hardy due to the roots exposure to the colder air temperatures. That said, pots can be brought indoors to overwinter in USDA Zones north of 8a. 

Spacing:  2 to 2.5' apart for mass plantings; 5 feet or more apart for space between plants 

Cultural Preferences

CAUTION!  Avoid pruning hardy Lantana in the fall as doing so almost always ensures death of the plant! Wait until new growth begins to emerge in spring to remove dead stems. A mid-summer shearing is okay.

Hardy Lantana are very easy to grow in most any moist to somewhat dry well-drained soil of average to even poor fertility and full to mostly sun. Constantly soggy soil or standing water is problematic. Some light shade is tolerated but plant will grow more dense and produce the most flowers throughout the long flowering season (June to Frost) in full to mostly sun. We suggest at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for best performance.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Lantana plants.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial
Height at Maturity: 12" in ground, 8-10" in containers
Width at Maturity: 36-48"
Spacing:  24" for mass planting, 60" or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding, Trailing
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Medium Lavender
Flower Size: 1.5 to 2" round clusters
Flowering Period:  May/June to Frost!
Flower Type:  Rounded Cluster
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Green
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 6.5 (Acid to SLightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, prune in Spring (Not Fall!)
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit

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