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Slender Vervain

Verbena rigida

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Also known as

Sandpaper Verbena, Coarse Verbena, Large-Veined Verbena, Hardy Garden Verbena, Veined Verbena, Tuberous Vervain, Veined Vervain, Wild Verbena

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Slender Vervain Overview

Verbena rigida is also commonly known by the name hardy garden verbena. It is a hardy, perennial species which is often grown as an annual, with oblong leaves and fragrant, bright purple flowers on branching stems. These are produced in late summer and this species has been awarded a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. This species is part of the RHS Plants for Pollinators initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. When growing in frost-prone areas, provide winter protection such as dry winter mulch around the plant crown.

Common problems with Slender Vervain

Can be attacked by aphids, leafhoppers and slugs and is generally disease free.

How to harvest Slender Vervain

Generally not harvested but flower stems can be cut for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Slender Vervain


Special features of Slender Vervain

Attracts bees

Ground cover

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

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