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Glandularia bipinnatifida (Prairie Verbena)

Prairie Verbena, Purple Prairie Verbena, Dakota Vervain, Dakota Mock Vervain, Moradilla, Alfombrilla


Creating a brilliant display, Glandularia bipinnatifida (Prairie Verbena) is a sprawling perennial or sub-shrub forming a low mat of deeply divided gray-green foliage. Each leaf is marked by deep lobes, each of which is lobed too. In spring and early summer, rounded clusters of pink, lavender, or purple flowers bloom over the foliage, almost covering this ground-hugging plant. Flowering continues through the summer and there is often a second flush of flowers in late summer and fall. The nectar-rich flowers are a feast for the butterflies. Blooming its heart out over a long season, Prairie Verbena is very drought tolerant and perfect for the waterwise or sunny perennial garden. It makes a fine small-scale groundcover and looks equally at home in the rock garden where it adds a nice patch of color. This durable southwestern native is also an excellent addition to wildflower or prairie plantings. Its mat-forming habit makes it a great choice for erosion control on rocky slopes.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 12-36 in. wide (30-90 cm). Will self seed readily in ideal growing conditions.
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage is important. Hardly needs irrigation to survive once established.
  • Great candidate for borders or rock gardens and provides a stunning effect when planted en masse. Attractive as a ground cover or along walkways and paths.
  • Easy to grow, deer resistant, this low maintenance plant is also drought tolerant.
  • Propagate from fresh seeds, basal stem cuttings.
  • Native to the United States, from California to Georgia, north to South Dakota, Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Maryland, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Maryland, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Wyoming, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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