Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Lantana Lantana camara

There are over 100 species of Lantana worldwide.  Although there are a few that are native to Florida, most are not.  The common multicolored Lantana camara that is most commonly seen in Florida is not a native plant.  In fact, it originates in the West Indies and is considered an invasive exotic species in Florida.

This plant is a rugged perennial shrub that grows to a height of six feet and may spread to eight feet or more in width.  The leaves are ovate, 2 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide.  These leaves are toxic to grazing animals and dogs.

The small flowers are clustered at the tips of the stems.  These multicolored flowers vary from cream to yellow to pink, changing to orange and scarlet as they mature.  They bloom all year long in Florida and attract many insects and butterflies.

The image on the top of this page was taken at Cedar Point Environ- mental Center in western Charlotte County in June, 2002.  The image in the middle was taken at Hathaway Park in Charlotte County in June, 2015.  The lower left image was taken in Fort DeSoto Park in Pinellas County in April, 2010.  The lower right image was taken at Lakes Park in Lee County in April, 2002.

The distribution maps for the Lantana Camara are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).