Is lantana an invasive species?
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Also, why is lantana a problem?
Lantana is a problem because it forms a dense thicket. Lantana is a lalopathic, releasing chemicals into the surrounding soil to prevent seed germination, notably of the native flora, so that it eventually takes over native bushland. As with other successful weeds, lantana can spread in different ways.
Similarly, how does Lantana affect the environment? Lantana forms dense, impenetrable thickets that take over native bushland and pastures on the east coast of Australia. It competes for resources with, and reduces the productivity of, pastures and forestry plantations. It adds fuel to fires, and is toxic to stock.
Keeping this in consideration, do lantana plants spread?
Trailing lantana grows 18 to 24 inches tall with a spread of up to 4 feet. Shrub lantana grows up to 4 feet tall with a spread of 1 to 3 feet. Both types perform best in full sun and need moist, well-drained soil. Lantana is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11.
What is the scientific name for Lantana?