The Common Lantana (Lantana camara) is a perennial flowering plant in the Verbenaceae family of verbena plants. It is seen as a toxic invasive species in many countries.
It is native to the American tropics.
The Common Lantana attracts butterflies and birds.
It is a sprawling plant, growing up to 200 centimetres (79 inches) tall.
Its leaves are broad and ovate.
It has small tubular-shaped flowers, clustered in a ball-type structure, each with four petals. The petals can be red, yellow, orange, pink, and white. After pollination, the petals change colour.
The fruit is a berry-like drupe that is green when immature, turning dark-purple when mature.
The Common Lantana blooms in summer.
Photographed in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2017 (red); London, United Kingdom in June 2018 (pink); and Paris, France March 2019 (white).
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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