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Verbena bonariensis - Purpletop Vervain

Verbena bonariensis is a great perennial for the cut flower garden. This is a six foot tall perennial. Verbena bonariensis will attract bees and butterflies. I cut the plants nearly to the ground each winter. Rooted suckers and seedlings are fairly common but not too difficult to keep to reasonable numbers. Starting in mid to late spring through Fall there are numerous clusters of purple flowers. Some removal of the spent flowers will keep your Verbena bonariensis blooming continuously. The Monarch Butterflies, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Mournful Duskywing, Umber Skipper Butterfly, White Checkered Skipper, Northern White Skipper, and Variable Checkerspot will come by for nectar if they are around.

Verbena bonariensis, Purpletop Vervain

Clusters of pink flowers at the tops of each stem - Verbena bonariensis - Purpletop Vervain. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Giant Swallowtail feeding on Verbena

A Giant Swallowtail sipping nectar from Verbena bonariensis - Purpletop Vervain. H

Plants in the Verbena genus featured on this site:
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis Little One
Verbena lilacina De La Mina
Verbena lilacina Paseo Rancho
Verbena rigida