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common name: Shrub Verbena, Cherry Pie
synonyms: Lantana aculeata, Lantana armata, Lantana mista
shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -2°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
Variable twiggy tropical shrub that can become large and thicket-forming in the wild, but is normally much smaller in cultivation. Sometimes has a scrambling habit. Rough-textured, hairy leaves, which have an unpleasant aroma when crushed. Stems are hairy and prickly. Heads of small yellow flowers usually maturing to orange or red, often showing different colours at the same time. Black berries are freely produced in warm climates.
There are numerous cultivated forms and hybrids.
Frost tender and needs warm conditions. Well drained soil in sun or part shade. Grows well on poor soils and drought tolerant.
Can become very invasive in hot climates, will often over-run other plants and is considered a serious environmental threat in some areas.
By seed or cuttings
Bedding and containers in cool climates.
Mediterranean and tropical gardens, hedging in warm climates.
Has various medicinal uses.
Native to Central and South America. Naturalised in other tropical and sub-tropical areas.
All parts are toxic but particularly the unripe fruits, which have been fatal. Contact may cause skin irritation.