Lantana camara


Family: Verbenaceae

Origin: Central and South America

Lantana with flower heads.
A common garden favourite for its colourful flowerheads. Flowers come in many colours.
Photo credit: Miranda Bennett

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • National Pest Plant Accord Species
  • Whole region — Progressive containment, land occupier rules

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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.

Impact on environment

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).

For more information about how biocontrol works, see What is biocontrol?

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.

Large Lantana shrub in flower.
A prickly fragrant shrub that grows up to 3m tall. Flowers are small and borne on inflorescences.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
Lantana showing mature and immature flowers.
Fruit is blue/black and attractive to birds. Forms dense thickets out-competing native plants.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow