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Verbena 'Moon River' (G)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial or Bedding

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

vervain 'Moon River'

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

Verbena (G) are species which are separated in the genus Glandularia by some botanists

'Moon River' is a bushy, spreading bedding verbena with finely dissected leaves and violet-purple flowers in summer and autumn

Other common names

  • vervain 'Moon River'

Synonym(s)

  • Verbena speciosa 'Moon River'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in early spring at 18-21ÂșC

Suggested planting locations and garden types

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


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Damage by slugs may be a problem

Diseases

Susceptible to powdery mildews