Verbena hastata ‘Blue Spires’


Verbena hastata ‘Blue Spires’ throws up willowy, airy spires violet-blue on tall, waving stems.
It is exceptionally long and repeat blooming over all the warm months of  late spring, summer and autumn.
And exceptionally graceful as the slender spires toss in the breeze. 
(See “Growing” section below

Willowy, slender beauty

The slender, violet blue spires, with their trident heads, make lovely cut flowers. 
And they last particularly well in your vase, and lasting long in the garden, as the flower spikes slowly open from the bottom up to the pointed tips.

Tough, hardy & water-saving

Verbena hastata ‘Blue Spires’

Growing: Verbena hastata ‘Blue Spires’

– Height with flowers: Tall, willowy 120cm approx.
– Width: Grows more up than out, so usually a slender plant. But an established clump can reach up to a diameter of 80-90cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Partial Shade

– Soil: Verbena hastata will tolerate a range of dry and arid conditions, and will not complain if the soil is on the poor, stony or sandy side. It certainly prefers well drained soils.
Verbena hastata will also tolerate a range of soil pH, from the alkaline (lime) side of neutral, to acid.
It is at home on limestone or coastal soils.
– Water-wise: Verbena hastata is rated as drought tolerant, and can withstand low moisture levels and periods of dry, with just a minimum of water over summer. So it is a good water-saving choice for rain conscious gardeners, or those with hot, dry conditions.

– Fragrance: Sweetly fragrant.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, as it can tolerate even severe frosts to below -20C. 
– Growth: Perennial clump. May gently self-sow in the conditions it enjoys.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, Butterflies and other useful pollinators love the sweetly fragrant, nectar rich flowers. Winter seeds are also enjoyed by small seed eating birds if you fail to cut the plants back in winter.

Easy low care

– Care: An easy care and low maintenance plant. The only work is a haircut when flowering has finished. In addition it will enjoy a little fertilisr in early spring but really it isn’t necessary, as the plant is perfectly capable of surviving in poorer soils. As long as soil is well drained.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Known to be largely ignored by these nibbling enemies because it has a bitter taste. It is robustly pest and disease free in general.
– Origin: Native to Missouri and other grassland regions of the U.S. Hence it’s excellent frost hardiness and tolerance to extremes of climate.


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