Verbena rigida

Verbena rigida

Slender vervain

  • Botanical name: Verbena rigida
  • Common name: Slender vervain
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
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Verbena rigida, or slender vervain, is a low-growing perennial species that produces an abundance of punchy purple flowers from summer and into autumn.


Its lax growing habit makes Verbena rigida fantastic for planting in great swathes and softening the edges of borders. It will also self-seed, and makes a great addition t0 sunny gravel gardens and wildlife gardens.


For best results grow Verbena rigida in moist, well-drained soil. It’s not fully hardy, so grow it in well-drained soil and avoid excessive winter wet to help ensure it returns each year. Verbena rigida has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Verbena rigida

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

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

Verbena rigida and wildlife

Verbena rigida is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Verbena rigida poisonous?

Verbena rigida 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

Plants that go well with Verbena rigida