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.