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Verbena bonariensis - Purple Top
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Verbenaceae (Vervains)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Verbena bonariensis (Purple Top) - This plant has an open, tall form to 4-6 feet tall. It has dark green toothed leaves along thin square scabrous (rough textured) stems and at the tips of these stems are rounded 2 to 3 inch wide clusters of pinkish-purple buds that open to display pink flowers that later fade nearly to white over a long period from spring to fall. Plant in full sun (best) or in partial shade. Tolerates heat and dry conditions but also more regular irrigation and is perennial in zones 7 to 10; useful as a long blooming annual in colder climates. This plant is native to Brazil and Argentina though has escaped cultivation and is naturalized on disturbed sites in California and the southeastern US. The name for the genus comes from the Latin word for sacred boughs of plants made up of olive, myrtle and other plants (possibly Vebena) and the specific epithet bonariensis, given to this plant by Linnaeus, refers to the city of Buenos Aires (named for Our Lady of Bonaria, patroness of Cagliari), where this plant was reportedly discovered in 1726.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Verbena bonariensis.