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LANTANA 'Carlos'

Image of Lantana 'Carlos'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

LANTANA 'Carlos'

Plant Common Name

Carlos Lantana, Lantana

General Description

This IT Saul introduction is very compact and offers vibrant blooms that can really stand up to heat and drought. In cooler climates, the flowers are purple in bud and open to red, and where summers are hot they are yellow in bud and mature to red. This everblooming, evergreen tropical shrub is grown as a warm season tender perennial in temperate zones.

The hybrid ‘Carlos’ has a compact bushy habit and tan flexible branches covered with a forest of rough, dark green leaves that have a strong, unpleasant smell when crushed. It bears numerous rounded clusters of small, tubular flowers that appear continuously as long as growing conditions are favorable. Like most Lantana, it produces small purple fruits that attract birds.

This sunny tropical prefers full sun and evenly moist well-drained, average soil. It is highly attractive to butterflies and looks best when planted in masses. The flowers offer continuous brilliant color to beds and containers all season long.

Lantana camara has been called one of the world’s worst weeds and is highly invasive in in many areas where it is hardy. There are sterile cultivars which may be used in the landscape. For more information about the invasive nature of Lantana, see the report by the Global Invasive Species Database: http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?fr=1&si=56

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Polynesia, Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Purple

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes