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Verbena rigida

Phonetic Spelling
ver-BEE-nah RIJ-ih-dah
Description

Slender Vervain is a perennial that spreads by rhizomes and is native to South America. Is an annual north of zone 7 but needs winter protection in that zone. It has naturalized from southeastern North Carolina to Florida and is very tolerant of heat and drought.

Plant in well-drained soils in full sun as it is a good choice for a sunny, hot perennial border or a container. It will not tolerate wet winter poorly drained soils.

 

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#bees#purple#sun#deciduous#fall color#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#cpp#summer flowers#deer resistant#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#sun#deciduous#fall color#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#perennial#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#rabbit resistant#cpp#summer flowers#deer resistant#groundcover#pollinator plant#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Verbena
    Species:
    rigida
    Family:
    Verbenaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America
    Wildlife Value:
    Very attractive to butterflies. This plant is occasionally damaged by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    2 to 3 in. clusters of purple to lilac flowers that bloom summer to fall on stiffly erect spikes
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2 to 4 in. leaves that are rough to the touch with coarsely toothed margins
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems root at the nodes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat