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PlantFiles: Lantana
Lantana camara 'Carlos'

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)
Species: camara (kuh-MAR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carlos

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative minpin3165 On Jul 16, 2012, minpin3165 from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I livein SWFL and almost was fooled by this lantana. there are lantanas that are local. These are not and I think that they should not be selling them, especially in FL. Yes it attracts beneficial insects, but so do the endemics.
thank you for checking prior to planting.

Negative mlml On Jul 16, 2012, mlml from Penngrove, CA wrote:

This from Wikipedia:
L. camara has been listed as a Category One "Invasive Toxic Species" in Florida by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, and has become a problem in Texas and Hawaii.

Please check out the plants you recommend for invasiveness.
M.L. Carle
California Native Plant Society, Sonoma County

Positive Tibble22 On Jul 16, 2012, Tibble22 from Panama City Beach, FL wrote:

Here in zone 8b in Laguna Beach, FL these plants grow as weeds. We have them everywhere along the roads and highways in various shades of pink and orange.

Positive bariolio On Mar 19, 2011, bariolio from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A beautiful lantana with a witty name--Carlos Lantana--get it?! Mine just froze to the ground and is coming back. It was a young plant so hadn't gotten very big. I'll have to see if it takes over like the previous reviewer noted. All lantana smell wonderful, to me.

Negative Bookerc1 On Dec 13, 2010, Bookerc1 from Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have to say I was very relieved to see that this plant was not hardy above zone 10. My son chose one tiny little cell pack, a single plant, at a nursery, through a "free plant for every student" offer. We planted it near his Mardi Gras rose, since the colors were so complimentary. Despite the information saying it achieves about 18" height maximum, ours grew to 36" easily, and spread about the same width, until it took over nearly half the bed. It was pretty, and bloomed prolifically and constantly through the entire summer, up until frost. It attracted butterflies and bees, which was nice, but we were unable to see the rose or Salmon Star lilies that were behind it. I tried several times to cut it down to size, and it just became more well-branched and happier than ever. When I finally tried to dig it out in the fall, the roots were a good 4" diameter, and I gave up on getting them all after I dug down a good 2 feet. I finally cut them off and painted the cut edges with shrub killer, due to my fear that it would survive the winter and come back to take over the entire flower bed. I also cut off any seed heads that I found before they could drop their seed, but considering that it had literally hundreds of blooms, I am sure I missed some. The plant had a strong minty smell, and as it matured, the stems became very prickly and caused skin irritation whenever I brushed against them while weeding.

My son loved his flower, but I am sorry to say it behaved as a total bully, and won't be welcome in my garden again.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Benton, Arkansas
Panama City Beach, Florida
Redford, Michigan
Averill Park, New York
Defiance, Ohio
Greenville, South Carolina
Alvin, Texas
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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