Common Name: Spreading Sunset, Lantana, Spanish Flag
Scientific Name: Lantana camara
Assamese Name: Goo phool
Spreading Sunset is a common flowering shrub in Assam, and it usually grows in the wild. The flower has a unpleasant smell and hence the Assamese name Goo (meaning shit) phool (meaning flower). For the same reason, people usually don’t have it in their home gardens. But we did have a couple of bushes in ours and we still have.
The flowers are yellow-orange in colour and spreads across the entire bush in clusters. May be that’s why it is called Spreading Sunset. Interestingly the flowers mature to rose-pink colour. It is known to attract butterflies.
The following pictures from home were sent by my mother just yesterday.
I am taking part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge [April 2016].