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Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Common name purple-top vervain
Family verbenaceae
Life cycle tender perennial
Flowers purple
Size 3'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Give several weeks cold, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly November

We grow this tender perennial as an annual - it blooms in summer from seed started mid-spring. The plant has an airy look to it, so that it can be put in the foreground of a border despite its height.

purple-top vervain
Verbena bonariensis
Up close, you can see the flowers are really two-toned, with burgundy tubes and lavender flared-out petals.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '03 trade. Baggy 35F(4w) - 70F (75%G, 3d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 35F (30d) - 70F (21d; 46%G, 3d) - 70F with light (14d; no further G)

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