Vervain

Verbena spp.

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A close up of a Verbena flower
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Verbena is a genus in the Verbenaceae family, originating in the Americas and Asia and now widely grown and cultivated as ornamental garden plants. They are annual or perennial herbaceous or subshrub species with tiny flowers held aloft in dense flat-topped spikes or panicles. Varieties sold as annuals or bedding plants are generally not hardy and are often raised for annual hanging baskets and containers. There are more hardy varieties available including the ever-popular Verbena bonariensis with its unusual tall square-profiled stems.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements.

Propagation

Seed

Either sow in pots at 18-21°C in autumn to early spring or let it self-seed. Transplanting seedlings when leaves are large enough to handle into individual pots or the final position in the garden.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

South America.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Chalk, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Suits prairie style planting either in flower borders/beds of informal cottage or gravel gardens.

Personality

Family

Verbenaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Red

Scent

None
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