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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; an upright plant, Rigid verbena is naturalized from southeastern North Carolina to Florida. It flowers from summer to fall, and is very attractive to butterflies. It is very tolerant of heat and drought, and is a good choice for a sunny, hot perennial border. 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:
sun, summer, deciduous, purple, perennial, groundcover, fall, deer resistant

NCCES plant id: 375

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