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Products > Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina'
Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' - Cedros Island Verbena
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Verbenaceae (Vervains)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Glandularia lilacina]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' (Purple Cedros Island Verbena) - A tidy growing evergreen herbaceous subshrub with a mounding habit to 18 to 24 inches tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with mid-green delicately dissected foliage and clusters of sweetly fragrant dark purple, star-shaped flowers with purple stamens. This plant can bloom most of the year with a peak in spring and summer and the flowers rise up on stalks 8 inches to hover above the foliage. Plant in full to part sun. It has low water needs and can go extended periods without any water but a monthly irrigation cycle from late spring through the first rains of fall keeps this plant looking lush with continuous blooming. Hardy to 25 F. This great plant works well as a container specimen or planted in dry borders mixed with other mediterranean climate plants and is great for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden. This plant was collected by Carol Bornstein, then Director of Horticulture at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, in the Canyon de la Mina on Cedros Island, an island off the west coast of Baja California. Although not native to California proper, the northern Pacific Ocean islands off Baja California have a mediterranean climate and are considered to be part of the California floristic province and so plants of this area are often treated as "California Natives". This selection differs from previous introductions of the species by having much deeper colored flowers. We have in the past grown the larger pink flowered cultivar 'Paseo Rancho' that Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Introduced but prefer this darker and smaller cultivar. 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 is Latin meaning "lilac in color" in reference to the typical flower color of the species. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction PageInformation displayed on this page about  Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.