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Lantana camara 'Ham and Eggs' is often confused with:
Lantana camara Lantana camara flower
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Dianthus chinensis x barbatus Flowers

Lantana camara 'Ham and Eggs'

Phonetic Spelling
lan-TAY-nah kah-MAR-ah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Lantana Ham and Eggs is a half-hardy perennial that can be either annual or perennial, depending on winter severity. It will die back to the ground when the temperature dips to about 28 ºF (-2.2 ºC) but will grow back from the roots in zones 7b or warmer in spring. It may be slow to break dormancy but will grow quickly once the soil temperature warms. They can be pruned to within 6 inches after the last frost.

The Ham and Eggs inflorescence contains many deep pink flowers (ham) surrounding a center of bright yellow flowers (eggs). The new florets may start almost entirely yellow or cream, but the color deepens as the flower matures. The color changes to pink in the outside ring, which becomes darker with age and spreads toward the center. The Ham and Eggs cultivar does not develop as many berries as other lantana cultivars. This is an advantage as the berries are toxic to many animals but also makes this plant relatively sterile. However, it is easily propagated by softwood cuttings, and with more effort, by dividing the very woody root ball.

Leaves can cause minor skin irritation to some people and are poisonous if eaten. It is toxic to livestock such as cattle, sheep, horses, and goats.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lantana
    Species:
    camera
    Family:
    Verbenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    tropical areas of South America
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract bees, butterflies (particularly Swallowtails, Cabbage White, Gulf Fritillary, Fiery Skipper ) and hummingbirds. Berries are eaten by birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8b, 8a, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    orange or red fleshy berry-like drupe turns metallic blue or purple-black
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Showy pink and yellow tubular flowers arranged in a rounded umbel inflorescence
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    pinnate venation, sandpaper texture
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • 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:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice