Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman’s Favourites -

Some peo­ple find that this ver­bena self-seeds as voraciously as the bet­ter­known Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis. Al­though this can cre­ate a lot of ex­tra work, we think this long-flow­er­ing ver­bena with its loose habit and pur­ple leaves is worth the trou­ble. It is the per­fect filler for an empty spot with neu­tral, softlilac spikes that ac­tu­ally fit ev­ery­where even in pots. In the win­ter it dries to a sturdy skele­ton with or­na­men­tal value. Al­ways leave the dark­est coloured seedlings, oth­er­wise the colour of the leaves be­comes lighter.

Height 60cm. Ori­gin Gar­den ori­gin (species Europe). Con­di­tions Well-drained soil; full sun to part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H6. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to win­ter.

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