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Lantana involucrata

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)
Species: involucrata (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Mar 25, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a small to medium shrub that is native to coastal hammocks, dunes, coastal scrub, barrier islands, tropical hammocks, pinelands and thickets in coastal central and southern Florida from around Hillsborough, Pinellas and Brevard counties south through the Keys (zones 9a through 11).

It is also found in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It may also sometimes grow as a large shrub or small tree.

The flowers are small, white with a yellowish center, and are in clusters. This plant is excellent for attracting wildlife, especially pollinating insects. It also provides cover for wildlife.

This is an excellent native alternative to the more commonly grown, invasive, non-native Lantana or Shrub Verbena (Lantana camara). However, like L. camara, L. involucrata is reported to be poisonous and should not be eaten or chewed on.

Lantana involucrata is superb for a wildlife garden.

Lantana involucrata differs from the invasive, non-native L. camara by having only white (not multicolored) flowers like L. camara. Also, L. involucrata is native and is not invasive like L. camara. Also, the flowers of L. involucrata are in smaller clusters than L. camara.

L. involucrata is also known as Buttonsage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Santa Barbara, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Hollywood, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Miami, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Winter Springs, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Ringgold, Louisiana
Rockingham, North Carolina
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friendswood, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spicewood, Texas

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