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Verbena rigida

Common Name(s):
Purple verbena, Rigid verbena, Sandpaper verbena
Categories:
Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

Shear old growth in early spring; spreads by rhizomes; space plants 18 inches apart; good drought tolerance. Rigid verbena is naturalized from southeastern North Carolina to Florida. It is very tolerant of heat and drought, and is a good choice for a sunny, hot perennial border.

Wildlife Value: It flowers from summer to fall, and is very attractive to butterflies.  This plant is occasionally damaged by deer

Season:
Summer
Height:
12-24 in.
Flower Color:
Violet
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10
Foliage:
Opposite, lance-shaped 2 to 4 in. leaves; rough to the touch; coarsely toothed margins
Flower:
2 to 3 in. cluster of purple to lilac flowers summer to fall on stiffly erect spikes
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; well-drained to dry soil
Size:
6-12 in.
Form:
Spreading mat
Propagation:
Root cuttings in spring, seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well drained
Regions:
Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Brazil, Argentina
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Tags:
heat tolerant, cpp, sun, summer, purple, deciduous, fall color, birds, wildlife, perennial, deer resistant, fall, fall interest, heat, drought resistant, butterflies, groundcover

NCCES plant id: 375

Verbena rigida Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida Flowers and stem
Dick Culbert, CC BY - 2.0