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Plants of the UNF Campus

Lantana montevidensis - Purple trailing lantana
Family Verbenaceae


Approximately 100 to 150 species of Lantana are native to tropical America and Africa. This species is native to southern South America. It can make a dense groundcover with a long season of flower production. It seems to flower best in the cooler months and flowers well in part shade. In north Florida, its flowers are visited by butterflies but it does not produce fruits and seeds. A related species, Lantana camara, is considered an exotic pest plant in Florida and other parts of the world.


See purple trailing lantana at several sites on campus including Alumni Square, lot 2, and the west side of buildng 1.


Small shrub with prostrate stems that can mound up about two feet high.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: very drought tolerant when established

Soil: well-drained, otherwise no special requirements

This is an easy plant to grow in north Florida. It grows best in sun or partly shade in a well-drained soil.

Lantana montevidensis