In addition to appearing in USDA Plants, all of these species have another common characteristic - they're all invasive species in Texas. While Lantana camara is not included on the list of Texas Noxious Weeds, it is very definitely a problem weed here. In other areas of the world, notably in Africaand Australia, Lantana camara - a native of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and northern South America - is an ecological disaster. Australia and affected African countries allocate vast resources in a largely losing effort to fight this species.
Except in the species’ native range, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is firmly and unabashedly anti-Lantana camara. We actively discourage gardeners and land managers from planting it, maintaining it or even allowing it to exist on their lands.
USDA Plants designates near the top of the web page whether or not a species is native under the heading, “Native Status:”. “L48 I” means the species is introduced in the lower 48 states of the US.
The NPIN database includes only species native to North America (excluding Mexico).
Fortunately, here in Texas we have a very fine and lovely native alternative to Lantana camara and the other non-native lantanas. Texas lantana (Lantana urticoides) is native to pretty much the same areas of the US that Lantana camara has invaded and is every bit as attractive and has virtually identical growth habit. However, it is not nearly so pernicious in other parts of the world.
More Invasive Plants Questions
Control of English ivy November 27, 2007 - I need to know if there is a way to kill, or contain, English Ivy that was planted as groundcover next door. Despite my discouragement, my next door neighbor planted English Ivy as groundcover all alo... view the full question and answer
Non-native citronella mosquito plant wintering inside in Charlotte NC October 20, 2011 - Can I bring the citronella mosquito plant in the house over the winter, or should it be planted outside. I live in Charlotte, NC. view the full question and answer
Ivy for wall cover in Dallas August 03, 2009 - I am trying to cover older apartments with Ivy to create a beautiful exterior look, but after reading several articles on how the Texas Sun kills Ivy, I would like to know what plant can I use to crea... view the full question and answer
Keeping non-native invasive bermudagrass out of yard in Austin May 30, 2012 - My neighbor just sodded a huge lawn with Bermuda Celebration. I don't want it coming into my St. Augustine. From what I've read on your site and others, I need a deep barrier. Has anyone tried pu... view the full question and answer
Getting rid of giant ragweed in Austin October 25, 2008 - How can I get rid of a large field of giant ragweed? Part of the site is a steep slope, which is difficult to mow. I want to encourage native grasses but they are crowded out by the ragweed.
view the full question and answer