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Verbenaceae

Verbena

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Verbena bonariensis

Much of the varied genus of Verbena originates in the Americas, in both open, sunny sites and open woodland. These plants have square stems and bear small flowers in a wide variety of arrangements. The flowers are long-blooming and salverform, each made up of a slender tube that widens abruptly at the end. Verbenas are excellent for annual borders and containers (especially hanging baskets), and some for the mixed herbaceous border.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsWith their distinctly-arranged and cheery blossoms, Verbenas provide a long season of rich color to annual displays.

CareIn containers: provide good drainage, full sun, and monthly fertilizer during the growing season. Outdoors, provide moist, well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationSow seed in autumn or early spring at 64° to 70°F. Divide perennials in spring and take cuttings in late summer.

ProblemsWhiteflies, aphids, slugs, snails, scale insects, spider mites, powdery mildew, Septoria leaf spot, rust.

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