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Products > Verbena bonariensis
 
Verbena bonariensis - Purple Top
   
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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 information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Verbena bonariensis.