Plant ID forum: Lantana (Lantana camara)

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Name: Jake
Surprise, AZ (Zone 9a)
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jakedasnake89
Mar 9, 2012 6:24 PM CST
Here is a plant that has been growing by our house for three years now. I took it for a weed but my wife took pity on it and kept me from pulling it out of the ground. So here we are three years later, it hasn't died or died back during the winter (so guessing no on being a weed or annual), it throws off little blooms and has grown a foot or so taller. It's pretty hardly for our summer 115 degree temps in AZ. I post a few pics of the plant, foliage, and bloom.




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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Mar 9, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Lantana?
Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Mar 9, 2012 6:30 PM CST
That looks like Lantana camara to me Jake..It is a great plant for attracting butterflies! Smiling
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Mar 9, 2012 6:40 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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threegardeners
Mar 9, 2012 6:41 PM CST
I try every year to grow one of those indoors over the winter...haven't had any success yet. You're so lucky to have one just show up!
Name: Jake
Surprise, AZ (Zone 9a)
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jakedasnake89
Mar 9, 2012 6:47 PM CST
LOL and i thought it a weed. I thought looked like a lantana bloom but I haven't seen one grow so tall with leaves so big. My wife will be happy I was wrong :)
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Mar 9, 2012 7:12 PM CST
In Hawaii, those are large shrubs! Here in So. Cal they will grow 4' tall and wide...and will clime a fence. I would think they would do about the same in Az.., if they don't freeze.
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Mar 9, 2012 8:26 PM CST
they are a weed down here in Florida, I can not get read of them
Name: Jake
Surprise, AZ (Zone 9a)
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jakedasnake89
Mar 9, 2012 9:29 PM CST
@carol, I'm thinking it will grow over time. It sure thrives without much water.

@sandy, I read up on it a couple hours ago and apparently its very invasive and Florida has labeled it as such.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 9, 2012 9:40 PM CST
I agree, Lantana camara:

Lantana (Lantana camara)

http://www.floridata.com/ref/l/lant_c.cfm

It's a beautiful Butterfly attracting plant but it's non-native invasive here in Florida.
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