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Established plants. Will flower next year
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.
Walls, rock garden, attracts bees and butterflies.