Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Lantana montevidensis (Spreng.) Briq.

Frost tender, spreading shrub, often forming a dense mat, with flexible stems, lance-shaped, coarsely-toothed leaves, and flower heads, to 3cm wide, bearing yellow-eyed, lilac-pink to violet flowers, to 1cm across, in summer.  To 1m.  [RHSE, FNSW, Beadle].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A plant of this exceedingly pretty species was received from Berlin, at the Edinburgh Gardens, last year.  It flowered in the stove in the months of December and January.  The seeds had been received by M. Otto, from Montevideo in 1822, having been gathered by the Prussian Botanist, M. Sellow.  There is perhaps, no species more deserving of cultivation.’  [BM t.2981/1830].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.625/1850].  Recorded as a weed north from Sydney, mainly in coastal districts [FNSW].


Published Feb 16, 2010 - 05:21 PM | Last updated Feb 16, 2010 - 05:29 PM

Figured are ovate, toothed leaves and corymbs of lilac pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2981, 1830.

Lantana montevidensis (Spreng.) Briq. | BM t.2981/1830 | BHL

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Tropical South America

  • Lantana sellowiana Link. & Otto
  • Lantana delicatissima Hort.
  • Lippia montevidensis Spreng.
  • Camara montevidensis (Spreng.) Kuntze 
Common Name

Creeping lantana

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lantana Sellowii

Confidence level high