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Greenlee County, AZ, United States Us

We have had a lot of rain recently so I have been pulling a lot of weeds. One of the weeds (?) has severak very woody stems and could not be pulled even though the ground was quite moist. A couple of days later, it grew flowers and developed clusters of tiny bee-bee sized shiny green fruit which over time has turned shiny black. Now I don't know whether to dig it up or let it grow. Can you give me an idea of what it may be?




I think it is Lantana.

12 Sep, 2008


Yes, I agree with you, Elleme, definitely Lantana.

12 Sep, 2008


It's frost tender, so most people treat them as annuals in the UK.

12 Sep, 2008


I also think it's Lantana. Be careful of the berries though, they can be toxic to animals (including dogs) and children, a fact which the garden centres in the UK don't make very clear on their labels. My friend's granddaughter ended up in hospital after eating a berry.

12 Sep, 2008


Okay. I appreciate everyone's input. I do have lantana growing on my property. The leaves are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch long. This plant is growing erect. The flower clusters are the size of a silver dollar (maybe slightly larger) and the leaves are 3" long and 2" wide. The texture of the leaves is also very different from my lantana. Do different species of lantana have these kinds of differences? I really don't know but maybe one of you are more knowledgeable than I am. I just plant and watch things grow but my knowledge is quite limited.

12 Sep, 2008


I am so impressed with you guys. I began to research lantana on the internet and sure enough this plant is a lantana camara. I have lived at this location (Clifton, AZ) for three years and I am living in the old high school band room building. I have had some really strange plants beginning to show themselves since we have had more rain than ususal. I think this lantana plant will be a keeper along with the wild rose bushes which have also let their presence be known. Thanks to everyone for their assistance.

12 Sep, 2008


Thats Lantana:)It looks like Lucky sunrise Rose:)I could be wrong but that's what it looks like to me

15 Feb, 2013

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