Verbena is part of the Verbena genus. Its scientific name is Verbena bonariensis.
Please note: this may be considered a noxious or invasive plant. This plant is on the invasive plant watchlist for Washington State, USA so please take care when planting.
Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 0.4 cm (0.16 inches imperial) and produce a floral fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours: Electric purple and Munsell purple and Violet. The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves appear approximately as a Sap green and Dark spring green
It is a flowering non-edible herb / ornamental that typically grows as an annual/perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of one year or more.
Verbena normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Verbena is a great choice.
Verbena is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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If verbena plants get leggy, simply trim the stems with sharp scissors. Cutting back prompts repeat flowering.
Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Use Zone 7 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Verbena is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips.
See our list of companion Plants for Verbena to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
This plant readily self-seeds, and can quickly grow out of control in an area. Prevent this by dead heading constantly from blooming, to when the plant dies down/goes dormant.
Easy to germinate, pot up individually when leaves are large enough to handle.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Verbena about 49 days before your last frost date .
Using a trowel dig holes 10 in. apart and as deep as the flat. Add water to the holes. Water plants in flat and remove with trowel. Loosen any matted roots on plants and set in holes at the same level they grew in the flat. Firm soil to eliminate air pockets. Water entire area using a hose with a nozzle. Water deeply, but keep blooming plants on the dry side rather than wet.
These estimates for how long Verbena takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 23 days | Min 10 days | Max 98 days (6)
Average 68 days | Min 58 days | Max 85 days (2)
Average 22 days | Min 6 days | Max 521 days (5)
Our when to plant Verbena estimates are relative to your last frost date.
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Misspellings: Verbana, verbeena, verbeenah, verbenah