LANTANA (Lantana aculeata L.)

Botanical Name : Lantana aculeata L.
Common Names :
Malaysia : Bunga pagar, bunga tahi ayam, jebat harimau (Peninsular)
English : Sage, wild sage, Shrub Verbena, Spanish Flag, Tick Berry,
Indonesia : Kembang telek, tembelekan (Javanese), saliara (Sundanese)
Philippines: Koronitas, kantutay (Tagalog), baho-baho (Bisaya)
Thailand : Kaam kung (Mae Hong Son), khee kae (Pranchin Buri), yeesun
Vietnam : C[aa]y tr[aa]m [oor]i, c[aa]y b[oo]ng [oor]i, c[aa]y t[uws] qu[is]
China : Ma Yin Dan

Medicinal : soothing agent in cases of insect stings, skin eruptions, cuts, scrapes, ulcerations, the itch of measles and chicken pox, and finally, parasites, such as scabies.
Tea leaves for relief of symptoms of rheumatism, indigestion, joint pain, flu, coughs, colds, sore throat, fever, and possibly tapeworms – and can be boiled and eaten for relief from headaches, body pain, and toothaches. The leaves also seem to work as an inhalant for respiratory problems.


Kingdom : Plantae (Plants)
Sub kingdom : Tracheobionta (Vascular plants)
Super division : Spermatophyta (Seed plants)
Division : Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class : Magnoliopsida (Dicotyledons)
Sub-class : Asteridae
Order : Lamiales
Family : Verbenaceae
Genus : Lantana
Species : Lantana camara L.

Lantana is very easy to grow and will adapt to most soil types. Too much water and fertilizer will reduce bloom

Light: Sun, part shade.

Moisture: Well drained soil is preferred. Lantana is very drought resistant.

Propagation: By seed or cuttings taken in the summertime. Lantana hybrids and named selections are propagated by cuttings.

WARNING: Pets have reportedly become ill after ingesting lantana. The unripe berries are known to be very toxic and the foliage toxic to livestock. Lantana is listed as a Category I invasive exotic species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, which means that it is known to be “invading and disrupting native plant communities in Florida.” Lantana is also invading natural areas in Texas and is a huge problem in Hawaii.


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