Lantana can grow up to 6 feet tall and is a perennial shrub with oppositely arranged leaves that are about 6 inches long and 2 ½ inches wide. Lantana is found commonly in forests, roadsides, pastures, and citrus groves. It will survive the best in shaded, sunny, moist, or dry conditions and is widely cultivated. It produces both flowers and fruits. However, the berries have been known to kill children and sick adults, so consumption is avoided.
It has been used in folk medicines for the treatments of cancers, chicken pox, measles, asthma, ulcers, swelling, eczema, tumors, high blood pressure, fevers, infections, malaria, tetanus, rheumatism, and the atoxy of abdominal viscera.
Did You Know:
Lantana leaves feel like sandpaper, similar to that of a cat’s tongue. When crushed, they have a strong aroma.