Tall Verbena Verbena bonariensis Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis) ver-BEE-nah bon-ar-ee-EN-sis Synonyms: V. patagonica Genus: Verbena This outstanding annual or perennial deserves its popularity. It makes an architectural statement with slender, willowy stems that stand up to 6 feet tall and do not need staking. It then branches out widely near the top where rich lilac-purple flower clusters stand alone, as if they are floating. This Verbena makes a great see-through plant. Noteworthy Characteristics: This genus originates from South America, occurring in open, sunny sites. The flowers are long-blooming. Verbenas are excellent for annual borders and mixed herbaceous borders. Care: Provide moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Propagation: Sow seed in autumn or early spring at 64-70°F. Divide in spring or take cuttings anytime. Problems: Whiteflies, aphids, slugs, snails, scale insects, spider mites, powdery mildew, Septoria leaf spot, rust. Overview Height 3 ft. to 6 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Spreads Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Self Seeds, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Fall, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Purple Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant Type Perennials Verbena bonariensisView the discussion thread.