Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial plants of the Verbena family. It is native to the tropical areas of the Americas and Africa. It was introduced to Australia where it became intrusive and is now considered a noxious weed. Over the years about 30 different species of insects have been introduced to combat the lantana however their introduction has caused an other set of problems.
I was very surprised to find Lantana growing in the Botanic Gardens at Colac. However, despite being a noxious weed, I do think it has a pretty flower.
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