Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for West Indies Lantana - Lantana urticoides   Hayek
Members of Verbenaceae:
Members of Lantana with account distribution info or public map:
Google Images
Section 6 » Order Lamiales » Family Verbenaceae
Show/Hide Synonym
DistributionTwo collections are known: Buncombe County, open sunny area in Beaver Dam bog, in 1977; Dare County, roadside in Buxton village, in 1959.

Native of the West Indies; in N.A. NC to FL, TX, and CA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatBog, roadside.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationLantana shrubs are favorites of many people, and are often planted to attract butterflies. In NC they rarely stray from gardens, yard plantings, and shrub borders. The leaves are opposite, ovate, and toothed. The flowers grow clustered in headlike spikes, the corollas orange or yellow (or pink?). L. urticoides differs from L. strigocamara in having longer, spreading hairs on the branches (0.5-2 mm long vs. less than 0.5 mm long and rather appressed in L. strigocamara). Also, the inflorescence bracts are persistent in this species, vs. dropping after flowering in L. strigocamara.
Taxonomic CommentsLong known as L. horrida.

Other Common Name(s)
State RankSE
Global RankG5
State Status
US Status
USACE-agcpFACU link
USACE-empFACU link
County Map - click on a county to view source of record.
Select a source
Select an occurrence type