Reviled in warmer, wetter parts of the world for its rampant
invasion of forests and pastures and poisoning of cattle, but valued
as an ornamental especially in cooler or drier regions.
The weedy forms produce long scrambling canes and can mound up to 20
ft (6 m) even without trees to climb over, but garden forms are
mostly rounded or spreading shrubs 6 ft (1.8 m) high.
Flowering colors: Cream, Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Cultivation: These plants prefer fertile, well-drained soil and full
sun. Plants in containers should be top-dressed and watered well
when in full growth, less at other times.
Medical use: The leaves are used to relieve itching. Other uses are
against flu, colds, coughs, fevers, yellow fever, dysentery and
jaundice.An infusion is used against scabies. The leaves are
antiseptic and also used for cuts and ulcerate.The roots are used