East coast lantana, Florida shrubverbena
Lantana depressa var. floridana
Verbenaceae


Landscape Uses:

Recommended only for controlled habitat restoration projects.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

The gene pool of this species has been contaminted through hybridization with the exotic Lantana camara. Pure populations could theoretically be restored on barrier islands within its historical range.
Availability:
Occasionally grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium shrub.
Height:
3-5 feet.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
East Coast of peninsular Florida south to Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County.
Habitats:
Coastal uplands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Drupe.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies and moths; provides food for birds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed, but these may be genetically contaminated.
Comments:
For more information, visit our Floristic Inventory of South Florida Database Online.


Keith J. Buttry, 18 March 2015
Virginia Key and Marine Stadium, Miami-Dade County
Keith J. Buttry, 18 March 2015
Virginia Key and Marine Stadium, Miami-Dade County