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common name: Coarse Verbena, Sandpaper Verbena
synonyms: Verbena venosa, Verbena bonariensis var. rigida, Verbena rugosa
perennial, evergreen, ground-cover
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Low growing, bushy spreading habit with wiry stems and stiff, rough textured, toothed leaves. Small rounded heads of bright purple to magenta flowers from June to September.
Similar in character to Verbena bonariensis, but much lower growing.
Well drained, moderately fertile soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Very tolerant of heat and drought.
May spread by underground runners.
Trim top growth in late winter.
From seed. Occasionally self-seeds in favourable conditions. Also from cuttings.
Can be used as ground cover for dry areas.
Attractive to bees and butterflies.
Native to Brazil and Argentina.