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Lantana camara Common lantana Tembelekan Verbenaceae


Lantana camara, Common lantana, Verbenaceae, Tembelekan

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 for gonorrhea.