Also known as
Sandpaper Verbena, Coarse Verbena, Large-Veined Verbena, Hardy Garden Verbena, Vervain
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2 years to reach maturity
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 that 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
You can propagate by stem cuttings in late summer or autumn.
Special features of Slender Vervain
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Slender Vervain
Walls, rock garden, ornamental, fragrance, cutting bed, border.
Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.