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tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
7:39 AM

Post #9401164

Hi all…This little guy has come up on his own. When it first started to appear, my thought was a Lantana of some kind. Would you agree? Or do you see something else. As it has grown, I'm beginning to question my first assumption…Though I'm not exactly sure why… Thanks :-)

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
8:06 AM

Post #9401187

It does resemble Lantana camara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lantana

I found this list of members of Verbenaceae found in Florida for comparison

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Family.aspx?id=348
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9401195

Thanks moonhowl, Looks like this is the invasive species. Guess it will be coming out! Appreciate your confirmation!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
8:21 AM

Post #9401199

If it has small "prickles" scattered along the stem, it is L camara. Although L camara is used frequently with L montevidensis for hybridizing, it can be rather pushy as it attains a fair size and will reseed happily.

Happy to help Tim.

Moon
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9401211

Yes, it does have the small "prickles". Disappoints me too, because it is a very pretty plant, but getting rid of the invasive's, I guess, is more important than "pretty'!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
10:02 AM

Post #9401298

Awww...maybe it could live in a pot and you could keep the berries cut off...although there are much prettier and less invasive lantanas...sorry.
tlm1
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 29, 2013
10:05 AM

Post #9401299

Funny…I had thought about doing that too, but they can get SO large and out of control…I think I'm better off just doing away with it. :-) Oh well...

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