Form: Low spreading herb.
Leaf retention: Evergreen but dies to ground and regrows from roots
in regions with freezes.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 6-12" high and 36" wide.
Flowers: Pink or purple with white center, or white, tubular, five petal-like lobes,
in rounded clusters about 1" across.
Bloom: Spring into fall.
Leaves: Aromatic, green, three lobes finely dissected into many linear segments
about 1/4" long, having a moss like appearance.
Stems: No thorns, sprawling, stem nodes touching moist soil sprout roots.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: South America.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9b-11. Root hardy in zones 7-9a.
Heat tolerant: Yes, but may go dormant above 85°F in full sun.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Part shade above 85°F, full sun otherwise.
Water after becoming established: Monthly except weekly in full sun
when temperatures are above 85°F.
Soil: Very well drained, dry, low to moderate organic content,
pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline). Develops root rot in wet soil.
Mulch: Decomposing granite.
Planting: In regions with hot summers, best planted in fall to become
well established before summer heat.
Prune: Mow in mid winter or rake up dead stems.
Litter: Dies to ground in freezes.
Propagation: Seed, rootball division, cuttings. Self-seeds freely.
Uses: Ornamental, ground cover, erosion control on moist ground.
Former botanical names: Verbena pulchella, Verbena tenuisecta.
Another common name is Rock Verbena. Considered invasive in Texas.
Does not withstand foot traffic.
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