In a recent post, Herbdoc mentioned how her Purpletop Verbena (Verbena Bonariensis) attracts butterflies. I’ve been touting the virtues of this plant for years.
- It’s a pollinator magnet – loved by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- It’s tallish, but airy, so it can go almost anywhere
- It does well in dry conditions
- Its strong stems don’t require staking
- It self-seeds reliably, but is also easy to control *
- It makes a good cut flower – a nice accent in bouquets
I started mine from seeds that my aunt sent me in the mail. Do yourself a favor and just buy some plants. It’s much easier and if you leave the seedlings every spring, you’ll have the plant forever. I often wait until the seedlings are about four inches tall, and then I move them where I want them to grow. They transplant well.
*A word of caution: this plant is not as easy to control in southern climates, and is considered invasive in California and Texas.
My verbena is blooming this year and I am also singing its praises. TOTAL butterfly magnet and the flower form and color are gorgeous. I have the low-growing type.
I’m with you, Wendy. What more could you want from a plant? I guess gardeners who live in zones where it is invasive would disagree with us, but here in New England, it’s well-behaved.