Verbena bonariensis

Purple top

Verbena bonariensis, a captivating and versatile perennial, adds a touch of elegance to any garden. Purple Top (as it is also known) stands tall at around 90 to 150 cm, boasting slender, erect stems topped with clusters of small, vibrant purple flowers. This enchanting plant is a magnet for butterflies and pollinators, enhancing biodiversity in your outdoor space.

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Origin: Argentina and Brazil
Genus: Verbena
Species / Cultivar: bonariensis
Common Name: Purple top
Synonym: Verbena bonariensis 'Buenos Aires', Verbena patagonica
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.9-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Cultivating Verbena bonariensis is straightforward and rewarding. Plant in well-drained soil and provide full sun for optimal growth. This hardy perennial is relatively drought-tolerant, requiring moderate watering. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continuous blooming.

With its slender stems reaching heights of 90 to 150 cm , it adds vertical interest and attracts butterflies, making it a delightful addition to gardens and borders.



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