How to kill Lantana

Access all the information needed for control of this noxious weed, including weed identification, herbicide application and spray timings.

Lantana Description

Lantana Identification

Lantana is a heavily branched shrub that can grow as compact clumps, dense thickets and as a scrambling and climbing vine. The stems are square with small, recurved prickles along the edges. The leaves are bright green above, paler beneath, about 6 cm long, with rounded, toothed edges. Leaves grow opposite one another along the stem.

Flowers appear most of the year in clustered compact heads about 2.5 cm in diameter. Flower colours vary from pale cream to yellow, white, pink, orange, red, lilac and purple. Many lantana forms are poisonous to livestock. The toxic components in lantana include the triterpene acids, lantadene A (rehmannic acid), lantadene B and their reduced forms. Most cases of lantana poisoning occur in animals newly introduced into areas where toxic lantana grows. Animals bred on such country rarely show signs of poisoning.

Lantana Control

How to kill Lantana

Lantana is a weed of national significance and is identified as being invasive, having the potential for widespread environmental, social and economical damage. Landowner’s and land managers at all levels are responsible for actively managing this weed.

The best time to treat for control of lantana is from December through to April, although if conditions allow treatment can be as early as October or as late as July.

Recommended treatment is with HotshotTM  Herbicide using a foliar spray application at a rate of 500 to 700 mL/100 L of water. This method can used in any Australian state or territory.

Herbicides for killing Lantana

Product#
Method of application Rate* State
Grazon™ Extra Herbicide Foliar spray 350 or 500 mL/100 L of water All
Grazon Extra Foliar spray 500 to 750 mL/100 L of water All
Hotshot™ Herbicide Foliar spray 500 mL or 700 mL/100 L of water All
Starane™ Advanced Herbicide
Foliar spray 500 mL /100 L of water + adjuvant All
Starane™ Herbicide
Foliar spray 20 g/100 L of water + surfactant NSW, Qld
Stinger + Glyphosate 450 Foliar spray 20 g + 160 mL/100 L of water + Pulse™ NSW, Qld
Tordon™ 75-D Herbicide Foliar spray 650 mL/100 L of water Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, WA
Statesman™ 720 Herbicide Foliar spray 320 mL/100 L of water NSW, NT, Qld, ACT, SA
Access™ Herbicide Basal Bark and Cut stump 1:60 with diesel distillate All
Garlon™ 600 Herbicide Basal Bark and Cut stump 1:60 with diesel distillate All
Grazon Extra Aerial (helicopter only) 1.5 L plus 6.0 L/ha Amine 625 (2,4-D) ACT, NSW, NT, Qld
Grazon Extra Aerial (helicopter only) 10 L/ha ACT, NSW, NT, Qld
Vigilant™ II Herbicide Cut stump Apply neat: 3–5 mm layer All

#Note: Preferred product option in bold. *Consult label for details of growth stage and use, especially where range of rates is given.

Treatment Timing

Timing to kill Lantana

Lantana should be sprayed when the plant is actively growing. This usually occurs between December and April.

PRODUCT Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
Starane Advanced
Grazon Extra
Tordon 75-D
Access Herbicide
Hotshot
KEY
Best time to spray/treat
Can spray/treat
if conditions are suitable
Do not spray/treat