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 :-)
It does resemble Lantana camara
I found this list of members of Verbenaceae found in Florida for comparison
Thanks moonhowl, Looks like this is the invasive species. Guess it will be coming out! Appreciate your confirmation!
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.
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'!
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.
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...