Lantana plants are evergreens of the broadleaf variety. Although they may act a little like vines, they are classified by botanists as shrubs. Lantana plants are known for their rounded clusters of small, brightly-colored flowers.
The flowers of Lantana may be yellow, orange, white, red and purple, and often colors are mixed within the same cluster, creating a bicolored effect. Most people dislike the smell of the flowers that bloom from this plant. But the aroma of their foliage qualifies them as fragrant plants. The leaves smell like citrus. They are also used as border shrubs and as a ground cover in areas with full sunshine in the South. The plants tolerate salt spray very well, so they are popular in yards located near the ocean. Invasive in Africa.