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Lantana involucrata (Buttonsage)
Smith, R.W.

Lantana involucrata

Lantana involucrata L.

Buttonsage, Button-sage

Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)


USDA Symbol: lain2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

A heavily branched, unarmed shrub, growing to about 5 ft. Downy oval leaves have toothed edges. Flowers are small, white to lavender, and arranged in clusters. The fragrant blossoms are followed by purple fruit.

This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, occasionally taller.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: White to lavender with yellow center.


Native Distribution: S. FL to S. America
Native Habitat: Coastal shell ridges

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, ridge soils.
Conditions Comments: Useful as a foundation planting or low hedge. Can get leggy but will remain dense with periodic pruning. A naturalized lantana species, Lantana camara, is becoming a weed problem in some tropical areas.


Description: Propagation is by seed or softwood cuttings.
Commercially Avail: yes


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lantana involucrata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lantana involucrata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lantana involucrata


Record Modified: 2023-02-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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