Tall Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)

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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Verbena bonariensis Accepted
Verbena bonariensis var. conglomerata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Spring
Summer
Fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Division

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2015-07-06
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Location: ILDate: 2008-09-01#Pollination Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), Verbena-on-a-S
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Location: Gilroy, CADate: MayVerbena bonarensis
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: Jun 26, 2006 2:15 PM
By Marilyn
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Location: Cincinnati, OhDate: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 AMButterflies love verbena bonariensis
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Location: my gardenDate: 2011-11-02#Pollination
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-08-05
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Location: ILDate: 2011-08-19#Pollination  Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) Butterfl
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Location: NJSelf seeded in my garden loving them
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Date: 2000-01-01
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Location: all photos from my gardensDate: 2018-06-11
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Location: NJThey sway in the breeze.. looks so nice
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: Jul 3, 2006 6:11 PM
By Marilyn
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-03-28
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2015-07-06
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Location: My garden, Ghent, BelgiumDate: 2015-07-02
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2016-04-13
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Location: Mentor on the LakeDate: 2018-09-05
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Location: Smith College Botanical GardenDate: 2011-08-02
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-07-07
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Location: Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-23
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Date: 2011-06-30 Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-07-31
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 2012-07-02
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Location: ILDate: 2008-07-08
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2006-07-07With a Monarch butterfly
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-06-28
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Location: Gilroy, CADate: JuneVerbena bonarensis
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: Jul 19, 2010 6:28 PM
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-07-25
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-09-21
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Location: Indiana - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-23Leaves are opposite, and clasping.
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Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Date: 2013-09-09
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Location: Lenore, ID
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Location: Verbena bonariensis (purpletop vervain, tall verbena), single plant in new plug bed near Hourglass Lake, likely a garden stray; inflorescencePhoto courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-06-28
By carlysuko
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Location: TexasVerbena bonariensis
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Location: Cincinnati, OhDate: July 2007Hummingbird moth on verbena bonariensis
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 7-1-12
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-23
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-23
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Posted by imapigeon (Gilroy, CA) on Sep 17, 2011 3:31 PM

Although I know people who dislike this plant, it's one of the favorites in my "cottagey" garden. I love the open structure that leaves room for other plants behind it to show through. I now periodically cut my plant back so it blooms a bit lower than its normal height, making the stems less likely to fall over. It has a tendency to reseed, but the seedlings are easy to pull if they turn up somewhere I don't want them. Butterflies and hummingbirds like the blooms, and I've seen both sample nectar from each tiny little flower in a cluster.

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Posted by okus (Lincolnshire, UK) on Sep 23, 2011 4:09 PM

If you are a butterfly lover, this is a must-have plant. It is so light and airy that it doesn't block out anything else and grows readily from seed. Just scatter some seeds about and enjoy the "flying flowers" as they come and visit to enjoy your plants.

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Posted by plantladylin (Florida Zone 9b, 10a) on Sep 23, 2011 5:26 PM

Purple Verbena is an erect, clump-forming perennial that has escaped cultivation and become naturalized in areas of California, the Southeastern part of the United States, and all of Florida. You can pinch the tips in early spring to promote branching and the more pruning you do, the more shrub-like this plant becomes. In mild climates it self sows freely. Purple Verbena can be propagated by seed, tip cuttings, or root division.

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Posted by jvdubb (48036 MI - Zone 6b) on Aug 27, 2014 7:06 PM

When I first saw this Verbena it was growing in a large clump in a nursery display garden. It was stunning! They did not have any to sell, but my mom bought seeds the following season and shared some plants she grew. I enjoyed the tall stems with blooms swaying above the plants below. It did not matter that it is not hardy in zone 5. There were plenty of seedlings coming up the following spring, and I have had reseeded plants year after year since....through two moves. In fact, I often have seedlings pop up in pots of other plants that my mom shares with me. One might say it is insidious.

I only let two seedling grow to maturity and bloom last year. Still, I was pulling out hundreds of seedlings this spring. Even in the last few days, I still have been finding about one a day. They are easy enough to pluck.

I have found that some years they were prone to mildew.

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Posted by lovesblooms (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Feb 3, 2015 8:31 AM

The see-through nature of these plants makes it a little more of a challenge for me to find a place to get them to show up to best effect. The butterflies adored these, and I don't foresee ever having to sow them again, since they're heavy reseeders in my area according to neighboring gardeners. I tried pinching some, but the new side stems just waited until they reached around 4 feet high to bloom again, anyway. But at least there were a few more of the blooms.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Feb 28, 2015 12:06 AM

This is one of the best butterfly plants! I've seen bees and hummingbirds drinking the nectar from the flowers also. The years I've had it growing in all my flowerbeds, it has been a big "hit" with them. I let it reseed, grow, and bloom for years and I always had bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds on the flowers. Any unwanted seedlings are easy to pull up, and you can also deadhead the flower stems to keep it from reseeding. The plants can be cut back during the growing season for shorter height if desired. I noticed that it survives the summer drought very well. Even though it is hardy to zone 7, the seedlings that came up the following years in zone 6 were pretty hardy plants. A nice purple-colored flower.

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Posted by scvirginia (Charleston, SC - Zone 8b) on May 18, 2018 2:04 PM

I think the common name Brazilian Verbena would be better suited to Verbena brasiliensis, which is not the same species as V. bonariensis. I'm not a botanist, but I think I see photos of both species at this page, and I suggest that a different common name be used (I've seen Tall Verbena used, and the USDA PLANTS site uses the common name Purpletop Vervain). It might also be helpful to add a "not to be confused with V. brasiliensis" note somewhere? FWIW, USDA uses Brazilian Vervain as the common name for V. brasilensis.

I came here because I was looking for photos of V. bonariensis, so that I can try to ID some seedlings I have. They could be either, but I think some of the photos here are V. brasiliensis while others are V. bonariensis, and so I still don't know what I have.

Thanks,
Virginia

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Plant Events from our members
christine2 On June 1, 2008 Obtained plant
From Tim Amos, self seeds
Catmint20906 On May 24, 2015 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On May 2, 2015 Obtained plant
Trish On February 12, 2015 Seeds germinated
Trish On January 16, 2015 Obtained plant
Winter-sowed the seeds
got2b On July 21, 2015 Obtained plant
MunchkinsMom On May 12, 2016 Plant emerged
Oh goody, goody! It decided to re-grace me with it's presence, despite all the indignities I heaped on it by trying to eradicate it years ago. Happy it's back, and the butterflies are, too.
carlysuko On January 10, 2018 Seeds sown
Put black plastic over top as seeds need darkness to germinate
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Gorgeous! by plantladylin Oct 17, 2016 12:40 AM 1
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Blooming in August.... by wcgypsy Sep 4, 2018 10:57 AM 23
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OT ~ The Porch Swing ~ Summer 2018 by Char Sep 19, 2018 3:39 PM 1,136
OT ~ The Porch Swing ~ Spring 2018 (Closed) by Char Jun 21, 2018 4:26 AM 1,248
What seeds do you have going so far? by carlysuko May 14, 2018 9:27 AM 86
2018 Butterflies, Moths & Larva by jmorth Sep 19, 2018 4:10 PM 1,268
Small purple flowers by fahte Oct 8, 2017 1:07 PM 3
Blooming in September... by wcgypsy Sep 30, 2017 11:50 AM 21

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