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Verbena, Bonariensis

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Not like any other verbena.

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This tall, very striking, heirloom is a favorite in many cottage gardens. Stiff stems with open, airy sprays of tiny violet-blue clusters, and only a few leaves, making this an excellent companion for many annuals. Very long blooming, 3-4' tall. Withstands drought.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

7-10

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-72 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

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How to Sow and Plant

Annual verbena may be grown from seed sown early indoors, or from potted plants.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow verbena 8-10 weeks before the last frost.
  • Water the seed flat the night before sowing because seeds are sensitive to high moisture.
  • Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep in seed starting formula.
  • Bottom heat speeds germination, keep the soil temperature 65-75 degrees F.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in about 20 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 12 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water well.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Deadhead or shear back verbenas after the main flush of flowers to encourage re-bloom.
  • Use verbenas to add bright color to any sunny planting in dry, well-drained soil.
  • Combine them with nasturtium, gazanias, blanket flowers, lavenders, achillea, sedums, purple coneflower, and yuccas.
  • Garden verbenas make good edging and container plants.
  • They also attract butterflies, beneficial insects, and hummingbirds to the garden.
Zone
7-10
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-72 inches
Spread
12-18 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Verbena
Life Cycle
Perennial
Verbena, Bonariensis is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vervena Bonariensis I had zero/none/nada germination of this packet of seeds.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tall & Airy This is a go-to for the back of the border, or where you'd like height to delineate an area without closing it in. Heat tolerant and reseeds.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very happy Turned out fantastic. A bee magnet. Blooms for a very long period. Will plant more next year.
Date published: 2012-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I have grown these in the past and am excited to get more. They reseed here with enough snow cover. What a treat to see the blossoms appear above spent mid summer perennials. They have no problems and are a sweet addition to a vase of flowers.
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great as a filler Purple flowers on top of stems light and airy. Need to have shorter plants in front of verbena to hide bare stems - preferably with yellow or red flowers - these colors "pop" when placed in the same flowerbed with the verbena. Blooms last for months. Not bothered by insects or small critters.
Date published: 2006-04-25
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