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A picture of a Three-Leaved Lantana

Three-Leaved Lantana

Lantana trifolia

Also known as

Shrub Verbena, Popcorn Lavender

Lantana trifolia flowers by Leoadec (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Three-Leaved Lantana

A green Lantana trifolia plant in a garden with purple flowers
A close up of some purple Lantana trifolia flowers
A close up of some green Lantana trifolia leaves and purple fruits
A Lantana trifolia plant in the wild

Three-Leaved Lantana Overview

Lantana trifolia is a scrambling evergreen shrub species in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. It forms dense and colourful groundcover, producing dark green, oval, toothed foliage and attractive spherical flowerheads comprised of many funnel-shaped lilac-purple flowers. Originating from South America, this plant evolved in a subtropical climate, it flowers best in full sun and well-draining soil but may be grown in partial sun, however blooming will likely be diminished. Flowers appear year-round in frost-free climates, in more temperate regions, it is grown as an annual, flowering from spring to autumn. It may be used as groundcover and has an attractive trailing habit. It may also be grown in containers and suits planting in a cottage garden. When provided with support, it can take a climbing, vine-like habit.

How to propagate Three-Leaved Lantana


Special features of Three-Leaved Lantana

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

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