Lantana is already here but we’re working to get rid of it.
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Lantana is a long-lived scrambling evergreen shrub, native to tropical America. It was originally brought to New Zealand as an ornamental shrub due to its attractive flower.
Lantana can totally smother and replace other species, forming dense thickets causing loss of habitat. It is ‘allelopathic’, which means it releases toxins into the surrounding soil suppressing other plants. It is also toxic to livestock.
Its woody taproot will produce suckers when broken. Lantana grows easily by layering when its branches touch the ground and put roots down. It will grow from vegetative fragments, so it is recommended that these are disposed of appropriately, preferably to a landfill. Lantana is a prolific producer of seeds which are then spread by birds.
Lantana is a low, multi-branched, scrambling perennial shrub with a strong root system. It grows 2-4m tall and has backwards-pointing prickles on its stems.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for the control of lantana. If you think you’ve seen it, call us.
Waikato Regional Council is responsible for controlling lantana. However, landowners/occupiers are encouraged to report lantana on their properties and liaise with the council in areas where control programmes are in place. Lantana is also banned from being sold, propagated, distributed or included with commercial displays.
If you see these weeds on your property, do not cut or treat it. Call 0800 BIOSEC (0800 246 732) to report them to your local biosecurity pest plant officer.
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