Apr. 5, 2017

lantana, Lantana camara

Turn about is not really fair. This native American (South and Central) is invasive in tropics and subtropics all around the world. Even in Saudi Arabia it quickly became frequently weedy after we planted it by the house. Lantana is poisonous to foraging animals, no doubt including camels. I suppose its profusion of wildly variable colors made its spread inevitable as soon as it was seen by European eyes. These shrubs are now frequently found in AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TX, and UT. Polk Co FL, 3/17/16