A Great Garden Performer

Verbena Bonariensis

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.

These include:

  • 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

Hummingbirds love it

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.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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2 Responses to A Great Garden Performer

  1. Wendy says:

    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.


    • dirtynailz says:

      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.


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