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Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage)

Buttonsage, Button-Sage, Wild Sage, White Lantana


Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage) is a woody, heavily branched, evergreen shrub with oval, rough to the touch, toothed leaves. Dense clusters of small, fragrant, white to lavender flowers are produced year round. The blossoms attract bees and a variety of butterflies and other pollinators. They are followed by small, purplish-black berries which are reportedly not as poisonous as the more widespread Lantana camara. The leaves are aromatic with a spicy, sage-like smell when bruised. Native to the coastal strands, dunes, hammocks, and pinelands of Florida, Buttonsage is a tough, resilient plant valued for its long blooming season and its resistance to drought, heat, deer, and salt. It contributes to biodiversity, helps protect the soil, and furnishes wildlife food and cover. It is listed as one of the best butterfly nectar plants. Easy to cultivate, it is a fine choice for foundation plantings or as a low hedge.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 1-5 ft. wide (30-150 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy, drywell-drained soils in full sun.
  • Great for coastal gardens, tropical gardens, native plant gardens or as a flowering hedge or screen.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Can be pruned to a dense, compact form.
  • Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings. No pretreatment is necessary, and germination begins in about 15 days.
  • Parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested
  • Native to southern Florida, the West Indian islands, Mexico through northern South America bordering the Caribbean, and the Galápagos Islands.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lantana
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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