Lantana: A Common Invader in Pastures

Lantana (Lantana camara ) is a popular ornamental plant. Lantana first became popular in the 18th century as a landscape plant. Unfortunately due to the aggressiveness of this woody perennial, lantana is considered one of the top ten most problematic weeds in Florida. Lantana can be seen in many different flower colors, but the multi-color lantana is the most commonly seen in pastures. Lantana is a toxic plant. It is poisonous to livestock. Lantana is also very hard to control. It is considered invasive because of its prolific nature. One plant can produce over 12,000 fruit. That is how it spreads. Birds eat the fruit and the dispersal soon begins via droppings. Lantana has the ability to grow everywhere. It can be found not only in pastures, but citrus groves, forests and along creek beds. For more information, please visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag368