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Verbena tenuisecta

Common Name(s):
Moss verbena
Cultivar(s):
'Alba', 'Abbeyville'
Categories:
Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

Good drought tolerance. A spreading plant, Moss verbena is naturalized from Georgia to Florida, growing in old fields, waste areas and roadsides. A cultivar 'Alba' has white flowers.

Wildlife Value:  Very attractive to butterflies.

Season:
spring
Height:
8-12 in.
Flower Color:
purple
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10
Foliage:
Opposite, fernlike, almost mossy, finely cut triangular dark green leaves, 1 to 1.5 in. long
Flower:
Spike-like inflorescence of 5 to 15 blue, purple, violet to lilac flowers; strongest bloom in spring, then declining in summer heat; flowering returns with cooler temperatures
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun; well-drained soil; tolerates sandy and low fertility soil
Size:
3-6 ft. spread
Texture:
Fine
Form:
Mat
Propagation:
terminal cuttings in spring, seed
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
well drained
Regions:
Coastal Plain
Origin:
Southern South America
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Tags:
cpp, wildilfe, drought tolerant, nectar, pollinator, butterflies, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 376

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Verbena tenuisecta leaves and flowers
Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0