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The yellow sage, or lantana, as it is commonly known is a highly popular flowering shrub that is widely grown throughout the Inland Empire. Many of the cultivars grown by nurseries become medium to large shrubs with a mounding habit, quickly reaching 4-6 ft. high and 6-8 ft. across. Deep green leaves grow 2-4 in. long and have a pungent smell when crushed. Many color selections are available ranging from yellow and orange to pink and red.

Yellow sage is widely grown as a flowering accent shrub on slopes, in parkways and as clipped hedges in both residential and commercial landscapes. The grow very quickly and are adapted to many soil types, full sun and watering schedules. While highly drought adapted, some leaves will drop during extreme moisture stress, but they quickly regrow when water becomes available. They are among the most trouble-free and long flowering plants well suited to many planting palettes. Some of the popular cultivars that can be found in nurseries include: L. 'Cream Carpet' is a low spreading cultivar with light yellow flowers, L. 'Feston Rose' is a large and robust shrub selection good for hedges and background areas that produces pink and yellow flowers, and L. 'Radiation' that is a large shrub form with intense red and orange flowers.

Water Needs

All of the lantana cultivars thrive in Inland Empire gardens with normal winter rains and monthly summer irrigation. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; a monthly irrigation schedule in summer helps maintain good foliage character and continuous flowering.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

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Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen, Drought deciduous
Habit: Upright, Spreading, Mounding
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 4 ft. - 6 ft.
Width: 6 ft. - 8 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Summer, Spring, Fall
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Mass planting, Grouped, Foundations, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies, Hedge


Lantanas naturally want to become very wide plants. For lantana to remain a low maintenance plant, they must be planted where they have space to become their full size or must be planned as a hedge by design (S). Prune to cut back lightly as a hedge almost any time of the year. Foliage and branches may be damaged by frost, but plants will almost always rebound once the weather warms up in spring. If possible, and depending on appearance, it is better to wait to remove frost damaged branches and foliage until all risk of additional frost has passed for the season because the damaged material protects the rest of the plant from further frost damage. Plants can be cut back as hard as desired, including almost all the way to the ground, in early spring, and most often rebound vigorously (S).



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