|Buttonsage flower cluster (Photo by Bob Peterson)|
|Buttonsage leaf arrangement (Photo by Stacey Matrazzo)|
Buttonsage occurs naturally along coastal strands, dunes, hammocks, and pinelands in coastal counties from Pinellas (on the west) and Brevard (on the east) south to Monroe and into the Keys.
Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena)
Hardiness: North, Central and South Florida (Zones 8A-11)
Soil: Well-drained, sandy soils
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 3–5+ feet tall with 1–5 foot spread
Garden tips: Buttonsage is an excellent addition to tropical and subtropical butterfly gardens as its nectar is attractive to a variety of butterflies and other pollinators and it blooms year round. It is drought- and salt-tolerant. It also works well as a hedge plant.
Caution: Do not confuse this with its non-native relative, Lantana camara, which has larger, more colorful blooms, but is highly invasive and thus should be avoided. Lantana camara is the species typically found at big box retail garden centers. Be sure to inquire with staff to ensure you are purchasing the native species, or visit a nursery that specializes in native plants. Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.
To see where buttonsage occurs naturally, visit florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3639.