This low and spreading shrub is one of the most popular low maintenance flowering shrubs planted throughout the Inland Empire. It has a dense mat-like habit with tightly knitted stems, growing 12-18 in. high and 5-10 ft. across. Foliage is comprised of dark green leaves, 1-2 in. long that are high pungent when cut; showy flower heads of purple and white occur from summer through fall and intermittently year round.
Native to South America, trailing lantana has proven to be widely adapted to many types of soil, exposure and moisture conditions in California and the Inland Empire. It is commonly planted in residential gardens and commercial landscapes as a slope and erosion control plant. Once established, it grows very well with reduced summer moisture and has proven to be a reliable landscape choice. One cultivar, L. m. ‘Alba’ is a white flowering selection that is often mixed with the purple flowering species to achieve a pleasing blend of white and purple flower character.