Verbena Regrowth - Knowledgebase Question

Branchburg, NJ
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Question by kc2hdl
May 1, 2007
I planted purple Verbena last year on a sunny, well drained hill amongst other perennials such as Columbine, Yarrow and Delphinium. All did wonderfully last year. All but the Verbena have started regrowth this spring. It is slow bloomer or might it have died over the winter?

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2007
This depends partly on what kind of verbena you planted, many are annuals. The perennial types such as "Homestead" are marginally hardy in your area and tend to die back almost completely in the winter then come into regrowth very late in the spring. With a very well drained spot you would normally have a good chance of it surviving but this past spring was very stressful with crazy oscillating temperatures so you may well have lost it. You could trim it back, beginnning at the tips, until you reach live wood with some green inside the stem. So, yes it is slow but yes, too, it might be dead.

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