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Lantana camara Bandito™

Common Name(s):

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lan-TAN-a kuh-MAR-uh
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Bandito™ lantana is a small, annual, woody, broadleaf evergreen shrub in the Verbenaceae (verbena) family. It was developed to withstand hot, humid southern summers while still providing knock-out, long-lasting flowers that are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. It has a dense and mounding form approximately 1 foot high by foot wide.

Plant it in full sun in moist, well-drained clay, loam, or sandy soil with a neutral pH. It is tolerant of both poor soil and drought. 

The showy flowers appear from spring until fall and come in a wide range of colors. They provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Birds enjoy the berries. 

Use this tropical feel plant in containers, hanging baskets, and as a houseplant. Its size makes it ideal for a small space or courtyard. It is a wonderful addition to butterfly, cottage, pollinator, or rock gardens. This plant does grow quickly and aggressively so plan its location accordingly.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Whiteflies and spider mites can affect plants kept over the winter. In areas of the country with more tropical climates Lantana camera is weedy or even invasive. Leaves and unripe, green berries can cause minor skin irritation. It is toxic to livestock such as cattle, sheep, horses, and goats.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bandito Orange Sunrise'
  • 'Bandito Red'
  • 'Bandito Rose'
  • 'Lemon Zest'
'Bandito Orange Sunrise', 'Bandito Red', 'Bandito Rose', 'Lemon Zest'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#small spaces#heat tolerant#houseplant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#easy to grow#weedy#toxic#nectar plant#low maintenance#cottage garden#rustic#hanging baskets#fast growing#aggressive#poisonous fruits#summer flowers#Mediterranean#long bloom time#rock garden#border planting#pollinator plant#courtyard garden#poor soils tolerant#humidity tolerant#urban conditions tolerant#compact habit#butterfly friendly#tropical feel#contact dermatitis#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bandito Orange Sunrise'
  • 'Bandito Red'
  • 'Bandito Rose'
  • 'Lemon Zest'
'Bandito Orange Sunrise', 'Bandito Red', 'Bandito Rose', 'Lemon Zest'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#small spaces#heat tolerant#houseplant#drought tolerant#fall flowers#easy to grow#weedy#toxic#nectar plant#low maintenance#cottage garden#rustic#hanging baskets#fast growing#aggressive#poisonous fruits#summer flowers#Mediterranean#long bloom time#rock garden#border planting#pollinator plant#courtyard garden#poor soils tolerant#humidity tolerant#urban conditions tolerant#compact habit#butterfly friendly#tropical feel#contact dermatitis#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lantana
    Species:
    camara
    Family:
    Verbenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Berries are edible to birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.3 in. orange or red fleshy berry-like drupe turns metallic blue or purple-black
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Multicolored blooms last from summer into fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Rounded medium green leaves are 2-5" long, 1-2" wide with toothed edges.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Poor Soil
    Urban Conditions
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, dilated pupils, labored respiration; the leaves may cause dermatitis.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Triterpenes (lantadene A & B)
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves