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Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora

Vervain

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora
  • Common name: Vervain
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora is a beautiful European native, bearing small purple-pink flowers held on spikes of tall, elegant stems.

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It thrives on sunny, often lime-rich soils and is a popular plant for pollinating insects like bees, moths and butterflies. Try growing it as part of a mixed herbaceous border, or as a part of a sunny gravel garden.

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For best results, grow Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora in full sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Leave the old stems and seedheads on for winter interest, then cut right back in early spring as the new shoots are emerging.

How to grow Verbena officinalis

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    75cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do Cut back in March

Do Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Verbena officinalis and wildlife

Verbena officinalis is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Verbena officinalis poisonous?

Verbena officinalis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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