Lantana is a deciduous, wide-spreading, aromatic perennial shrub with stout recurved prickles. Lantana is a common plant usually found in all types of habitats throughout Texas except in the northwestern part. Lantana prefers sandy and gravelly soils and hot, dry areas in the Rio Grande Plains. It is frequently found in mixed-brush communities, and in fallow fields, along roadsides and in fence rows. Lantana has been reportedly toxic, with little browse value for wildlife, although some birds including quail eat the fruit.