Showy Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Glandularia bipinnatifida Accepted
Verbena bipinnatifida Synonym

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 6 inches
Plant Spread: 36 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: Silver/Gray, Blue-Green, Fuzzy-Textured
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Multi-Color: Magenta (Pink-Purple) Violet/Lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover

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Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Dec 4, 2011 6:30 PM

Prairie verbena grows wild in my area (North Texas). I've never planted it, as it grows just fine on the prairie without any help from me. I have a lot of black clay in the soil, and lots of sun and wind. Verbena does just fine with all of that. It's one of the lower growing plants on the prairie, maybe 6-8 inches tall with a clumping habit. Verbena is usually one of the first wildflowers to show up in the spring, and one of the last to leave. I can't speak for other areas where it grows, but around here, it doesn't have a terribly pleasant smell, rather like wet horse! But it's nature's way of telling us that spring is coming, so wild verbena is a welcome sight around here.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Need ID for the database by plantmanager Jul 13, 2016 9:43 PM 11
Ground cover for outdoor cattery in zone 9a/b shaded by goldenfire Mar 26, 2016 1:05 PM 11
Gulf Vervain (Verbena xutha) by christinereid54 Sep 14, 2015 10:48 AM 7
Texas Wildflowers by jmorth Jun 23, 2016 8:43 PM 132
Glandularia genus (Mock Vervain) by Justin Dec 4, 2011 3:58 AM 1

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