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Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ (Cedros Island Verbena)

Cedros Island Verbena, Purple Cedros Island Verbena, De La Mina Verbena

Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina', Cedros Island Verbena, Purple Cedros Island Verbena, De La Mina Verbena, California Native Plants, Purple flowers, Drought Tolerant plant

Blooming for months, Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ (Cedros Island Verbena) is an evergreen subshrub or perennial forming a bushy mound of delicately dissected, bright green, fern-looking foliage. Blooming most of the year with a peak in spring and summer, clusters of lightly fragrant dark purple flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are held on thin stalks above the foliage. The star-shaped blossoms are rich in nectar and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Adaptable and very attractive, Cedros Island Verbena works well in dry borders and water-wise gardens, or as a container specimen in large decorative pots. This plant was collected by Carol Bornstein, then Director of Horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, in the Canyon de la Mina on Cedros Island, an island off the west coast of Baja California.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in loamy, medium draining soil. Prefers sun in coastal areas, and part shade in inland areas. This plant has low water needs and is drought tolerant once established, but will do better with occasional water during hot summer months. Tolerates clay soil provided as long as it is not over-watered.
  • Great for beds and borders, Mediterranean gardens, rock gardens or containers.
  • Shear lightly in summer to maintain a lush, compact form.
  • Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs and snails, powdery mildew if the plant is overwatered.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Verbena
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Verbena halei (Texas Vervain)
Glandularia maritima (Beach Verbena)
Glandularia bipinnatifida (Prairie Verbena)
Glandularia canadensis (Rose Vervain)
Verbena hastata f. rosea (Pink-Flowered Blue Vervain)

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Encelia farinosa (Brittlebush)
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 10
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Verbena
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 36" - 48"
(90cm - 120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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