Lantana flowers

These beatiful flowers have a bad reputation! I am so surprised to learn this while googling. The Australian Government even labelled it: Weed of National Significance

Lantana is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

Lantana forms dense, impenetrable thickets that take over native bushland and pastures on the east coast of Australia. It competes for resources with, and reduces the productivity of, pastures and forestry plantations. It adds fuel to fires, and is toxic to stock.

Whatever it is, they are beautiful and planted all over Penang’s parks, gardens and at roadside to beautify the island. I have a big library of photos of lantanas. Each flower has different colours, hues and so different.


A pink flower. It is really tiny but looks huge on macro shots.


Red and orange, such beautiful combination.


Purple – so sweet.

Lantana – such pretty flowers but with a bad reputation as a weed.

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