(and sometimes the beast!)




Most Australians know that Lantana is a noxious weed but I've always loved it since childhood, no doubt because we had numerous cubbies in any clump of it we could find.  If my children had done the same I'd have had a heart attack. What was my mother thinking? Didn't she know snakes love the stuff too?  Fortunately, we escaped unharmed, mostly.
This pretty plant is a cultivated form of lantana which is non-thorny, produces few seeds and is compact in shape and used as ground cover in a resort style living estate I visited recently.