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Lantana

Lantana (Lantana species) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

The weed control class is 4. This means that:

"The growth of the plant must be managed in a manner that continuously inhibits the ability of the plant to spread".

Description: AllĀ  Lantana species (including ornamental species) are now declared noxious weeds. All Lantana species are now prohibited from being sold in NSW. Ornamental Lantana displays a wide range of flower colours from pale cream to orange and purples. L. montevidensis or creeping Lantana is a scrambling variety with purple or lilac flowers. Largely used within gardens and in landscaping, Lantana hybrids have become a large problem due to their ability to escape their surrounds and produce viable seed or cross pollinate with the wild form of Lantana (pink lantana).

Ornamental lantana is a robust compact shrub with rough square stems and leaves and posy like, brightly coloured flowers in shades of pink, yellow, red or mauve.

The common pink or wild Lantana has characteristic arching stems with backwardly hooked prickles along their length. Leaves are opposite, have toothed edges and are bright green on the upper surface and paler green, hairy and strongly veined underneath. Flower colour is a pink centre and outer ring with a yellow middle ring. Fruit is a shiny black or purple fleshy berry that grow in clusters.

Problem: The main problem with Lantana is its invasiveness. It takes over pasture and grazing lands and natural ecosystems. It inhibits biodiversity, reducesĀ  stock-carrying capacity, increases production costs, increases fire risk, impedes access and reduces amenity and land values. The bushes also harbour vermin such as rabbits and some varieties are toxic to livestock.

Control Plan: Click here

For more detailed information click here