Skip to site navigation

Verbena rigida AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Verbena rigida AGM

© RHS 2001

Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial, Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

slender vervain

Family

Verbenaceae


Verbena can be annuals, perennials or sub-shrubs, with toothed or pinnately lobed leaves and small salver-shaped flowers in spikes, panicles or corymbs in summer or autumn

V. rigida is a tuberous perennial to 60cm, grown as an annual, with oblong leaves and clusters of fragrant, bright purple flowers on branched stems in late summer

Other common names

  • hardy garden verbena
  • large-veined verbena
  • veined verbena

Synonym(s)

  • Verbena venosa

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Best grown in moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or stem tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, leafhoppers and aphids

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews