Wild Sage (Lantana involucrata)

Plant Creations Nursery Wild Sage Lantana involucrata

Common Name Wild Sage

Latin Name Lantana involucrata

Family Verbenaceae

Native Yes

Zone  8A-11 

Height 4-8 Feet

Spread 4-8 Feet 

Salt Water Tolerance Low

Salt Wind Tolerance Moderate

Drought Tolerance High

Soil  Moist, well-drained sandy, limestone or organic soils

Sun Full Sun

Wildlife Attractant Butterflies and birds


Main Uses

The Wild Sage plant is a wonderful addition to your native garden. Plant this shrub near a patio or window where it can get full sun exposure and watch in awe as the butterflies flock towards it.  The beautiful small sage like leaf and tiny flowers add some color and texture to your landscape. 

If you are looking to establish a butterfly garden quickly, Wild Sage is perfect for this as it has a quick to moderate growth rate.  Plant it alongside some Bahama Coffee and American Beautyberry and you have yourself a wonderful native butterfly garden.


Wild Sage is a small shrub, growing anywhere from 4-8 feet high, with a similar spread.  The leaf resembles the sage leaf, even smelling like so if crushed.  It has tiny cluster flowers ranging from light pink and white, with yellow centers. Its fruit is a purple cluster, much like the Beautyberry.

This shrub requires full sun, and is salt wind tolerant, making it great for either a hammock or coastal garden.  However, due to its low salt water tolerance, its best to plant Wild Sage a little inland from a direct coastline.

Wildlife Attractant

The Wild Sage shrub is a wonderful nectar plant for butterflies, attracting multiple species such as the Bahamian swallowtail, Florida white, and Large Orange Sulphur to name a few.

Birds love its fruit, and because it flowers and fruits all year round, it is a must for your native garden!

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