A continuous mass of purple heads on short, branching stems make Verbena rigida, the Slender Verbena, a powerhouse of colour and flowers for months.
Hardy hot, dry, humid
Growing: Verbena rigida
– Height with flowers: Many stemmed and branching plant bearing a mass of flowers to 60cm approx.
– Width: A mass of rich purple flowers to a diameter of 60-80 approx. It makes a colourful groundcover.
– Position: Full Sun to a little Partial Shade, as long as soil conditions are dry and well drained.
Particularly robust in heat. And can also withstand summer humisity.
Ideal plant for gardens with hot, dry or windy conditions, and very happy in coastal gardens.
– Soil: Verbena rigida 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 absolutely prefers well drained soils.
Verbena rigida 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 rigida is recommended for drought and heat tolerance.
So it can withstand low moisture levels and periods of dry well, with just a minimum of water over summer.
It is certainly a good water-saving choice for rain conscious gardeners, or those with hot, dry, windy or coastal conditions.
– Fragrance: Sweetly fragrant.
– Frost: Frost hardy, and can tolerate frosts to approx. -10C.
– 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 trim 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 winter. In addition it will enjoy a little fertiliser 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 Brazil and Argentina.