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Marcus, Joseph A.
Lantana achyranthifolia Desf.
Brushland shrubverbena, Mexican marjoram, Veinyleaf lantana
Synonym(s): Lantana macropoda
USDA Symbol: laac
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Perennial, woody shrub to 2 meters with thin, ascending stems. Flowers showy; opening white and changing to yellow, orange and ultimately to violet. Various scrub habitats in South Texas, south to South America.
This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Violet
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: spring then repeatedly after rain
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
BenefitAttracts: Birds , Butterflies
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Nueces River Authority
- Uvalde, TXNational Butterfly Center
- Mission, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0321
Collected May 22, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Record Last Modified: 2009-10-08
Research By: TWC Staff