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30/04/2013 at 16:17

Has anyone grown Verbena Lollipop? 

How attractive to butterflies is it? Is it as good as Verbena bodnatense?

30/04/2013 at 16:34

They love it!

(Think you meant verbena bonariensis. )


08/05/2013 at 08:29

Thanks God1locks, your right. Latin is confusing!

09/05/2013 at 10:15

I think verbena lollipop is just bonariensis, but a shorter stock. Remember to take cuttings, as they are not fully hardy. Mine didn't come back this year so the cuttings are going out. Easy to do, just plop then in a cell tray with cutting compost and stick them in a cold frame over winter. 

09/05/2013 at 11:17

I have bought buddleia this year and have taken a small cutting which is surviving.

09/05/2013 at 11:22

My bonariensis survived in pots outside this winter - amazingly - so have now planted them out. Good idea about the cuttings, will do that for next year.

I try to take cuttings - if I break something off a plant I pop the break in compost, sometimes they take, sometimes not (a bonus if they do). Often do it with clematis 

09/05/2013 at 11:30

Lollipop is a new dwarf form of bonariensis.  Why would anyone want a dwarfer form? Bonariensis is grown for its height......without that it would not have any appeal...stir, stir?

09/05/2013 at 21:47

Verdun, well stirred! I was looking at it to go in tubs on my patio. I have normal bonariensis in a sunny border and wanted to put lollipop in tubs nearby. That should get the butterflies in (I hope).

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