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Verbena rigida (Slender Vervain)

Slender Vervain, Hardy Garden Verbena, Large-Veined Verbena, Veined Verbena, Sandpaper Verbena, Rigid Verbena


Blooming for weeks, Verbena rigida (Slender Vervain) is a tuberous perennial forming a bushy mound of oblong, rigid, dark green leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), and clusters of fragrant, intense purple flowers on branched stems. Blooming from summer well into late fall, the blossoms are rich in nectar and attract bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies and other pollinators. Compact and reliable, Slender Vervain spreads by creeping underground rhizomes and comes back from one year to the next. Low-maintenance, it is an excellent species for the front of sunny borders, as a groundcover or for containers. This tender perennial is hardy in zones 7 but can be grown as an annual in cooler areas.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall (30-60 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm)
  • Performs best in full sun in average, moist and well-drained soils. Drought and heat tolerant. A winter mulch is recommended in Zone 7.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Great for garden edging, beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Propagate by seed or stem tip cuttings.
  • Native to Brazil and Argentina.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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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 7 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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