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Verbena bonariensis

For sale by Rachel the Gardener

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Strong young plants from last year's seedlings: ready to plant out now. Tall, airy stems with very bee-friendly flowers through late summer. Makes a lovely screen towards the back of a border - goes very well with Prairie planting such as grasses, Echinacea etc.

Verbena bonariensis | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Verbena bonariensis | Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12
Pot SizeTotal Price
0.15 litres

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Grower Notes

Not really fully hardy: cut right down in winter, to less than ankle height, for best chance at regrowth - but it self-seeds very freely, so just weed out seedlings in the wrong place. Sun or shade, any soil.

Too tall to post now - collection only!

Plant Finder: about Verbena bonariensis

Common names

Purple top verbena, South American vervain, Tall verbena, Vervain


Verbena bonariensis (Purple top verbena). This is a tall perennial, which is grown as an annual, and produces deep purple flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The deeply toothed leaves cluster in a mounded rosette.


They are marginally frost hardy to frost tender. Grow them in medium, well-drained soil in full sun or at most partial-shade.

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, attracts bees and butterflies.

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Verbena bonariensis | Steeple Gidding, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Chalky
  • WaterSemi-moist

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