Wild sage, Wild lantana or Buttonsage
Lantana involucrata

Wild Lantana

Wild lantana is the only lantana that you can be sure is native. The low, orange Lantana depressa is often hybridized with the exotic Lantana camara. Even if you find the unhybridized Lantana depressa, it is small with few flowers and usually doesn’t live long in cultivation.

Wild sage is found in the Keys and along the coast to Brevard County. It likes full sun and a rich soil. Extended drought will cause it to wilt and die back. Wild sage is tolerant of moderate salt winds.

The white flowers are very attractive to a variety of butterflies, and birds like the pink berries. Don’t eat these, they are poisonous along with other parts of the plant.

The common height is 4-6 feet. This is a popular plant in butterfly gardens and can be mixed with other sun loving plants. For height, try Bahama strongback and pineland privet. Then mix in front of these wild sage, bloodberry, native plumbago, pineland strongback, Chapman’s cassia, coontie, Keys porterweed and other wildflowers.