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Products > Verbena bonariensis 'Little One' PP18,124
 
Verbena bonariensis 'Little One' PP18,124 - Dwarf Purple Top

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Verbenaceae (Vervains)
Origin: South America
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Verbena bonariensis 'Little One' PP18,124 (Dwarf Purple Top) - A new dwarf form of Verbena bonariensis that grows to only 18 to 24 inches tall. Like the larger form this plant has a long bloom period with pinkish-purple buds that open to pink flowers that later fade nearly to white atop thin squarish stems from spring through fall. A great plant for the front to middle planting of a border or wildflower meadow where it is sure to attract butterflies. Plant in full sun (best) or in partial shade. Tolerates heat and dry conditions and is perennial in zones 7 to 10; useful as a long blooming annual in colder climates. This dwarf selection was made by Andy Maycen at Tom Piergrossi Landscape and Nursery growing grounds in Vista, California. They noted that in the first year this plant grew to 18 inches in height and in the subsequent year reached only 2 feet tall. We have been testing this plant in our nursery conditions since Spring 2005 and it certainly has remained much smaller than our regular crops of Verbena bonariensis, though the flowers are also slightly smaller as well. In side by side blocks, 'Little One' appears to be a little more resistant to the powdery mildew that plagues the larger form. It has been indicated to us that this plant is possibly sterile as no seedlings have been noted, though further testing will be required before this claim can be made. This is a benefit for those who don't want a plant to seed about the garden but unfortunately it means that this typically short lived perennial will need to be replanted occasionally.  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 'Little One' PP18,124.