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Verbena aristigera

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Verbena tenuisecta
Phonetic Spelling
ver-BEE-nah ten-yoo-ih-SEK-tah
Description

Moss Verbena is a spreading plant with good drought tolerance that has naturalized from Georgia to Florida growing in old fields, waste areas and roadsides. Prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Tolerates sandy and low fertility soil. It can be grown as an annual outside of its growing range.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abbeyville'
  • 'Alba'
    White flowers
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cpp#spreading#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz#poor soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abbeyville'
  • 'Alba'
    White flowers
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cpp#spreading#groundcover#pollinator plant#fantz#poor soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Verbena
    Species:
    aristigera
    Family:
    Verbenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America
    Distribution:
    Southern US
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Up to 2-inch clusters of 5 to 15 blue, purple, violet to lilac flowers; strongest bloom in spring, then declining in summer heat; flowering returns with cooler temperatures
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, fernlike, almost mossy, finely cut triangular dark green leaves, 1 to 1.5 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought