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Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage)

Buttonsage, Button-Sage, Wild Sage, White Lantana

Lantana involucrata, Buttonsage, Button-Sage, Wild Sage, White Lantana,  White flowers
Lantana involucrata, Buttonsage, Button-Sage, Wild Sage, White Lantana,  White flowers

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, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and other pollinators. They are followed by small, purplish-black berries that are reportedly less poisonous than the more widespread Lantana camara. The leaves are aromatic with a spicy, sage-like smell when bruised. Native to Florida’s coastal strands, dunes, hammocks, and pinelands, 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.
  • Highly toxic if ingested, contact with foliage may irritate the skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses, toxic to humans.
  • 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 Verbenaceae
Genus Lantana
Common names Lantana, Wild Sage
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Andropogon virginicus (Broom Sedge)
Coccothrinax argentata (Florida Silver Palm)
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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Lantana
Common names Lantana, Wild Sage
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)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Do I Need?
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