Tall Verbena

Verbena bonariensis

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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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/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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