Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis is a tall and elegant summer-flowering plant which will add stature and structure to your cutting patch or border. More
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Verbena bonariensis produces a haze of purple flowers at shoulder height in the autumn. If you keep picking it, it will shorten and broaden a bit – no bad thing.

Mix it with Cosmos 'Purity' and Gaura lindheimeri to create a lovely, airy filling to a border, and there is no better plant for lining a path. It is summer and autumn-flowering.

Genus Verbena
Variety bonariensis
Type Short-lived Perennial (grown as a Hardy Annual)
Common Name Purple Top
Border Position Back, Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 1.5-1.8m (59-71in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover from March-April, plant out after last frosts or direct sow in May.
Care Tips Will self-sow.
Flowering July - November, 14 weeks after sowing seed
Vase Life 7-10 days. Sear the stem ends in water to decrease petal drop once cut. Will also dry.
Harvesting Flower production: 3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Best flower in cutting patch

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Reviewed 11th October 2017 by Susie

This is by far my favourite flower to grow. Bees and butterflies adore it, and in a large vase on its own looks stunning. I particularly love the fallen petals on the table top as the days go by, looks like scattered lavender petals and lasts for ever.

One of the best

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Reviewed 2nd October 2016 by Sue

I grew this in my cutting beds this year, and have never seen so many bees and butterflies in my garden. Masses of flowers to cut every week, the tall stems look great in a big bunch in a large vase, and last for ages


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Reviewed 17th June 2016 by Yvonne Lally

Grew this from seed two years ago. Flowered first year, continuing to flower after an early year cut down. Self seed happily if you're light on the hoe & look out for them. Recommended.

Excellent Performance

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Reviewed 18th October 2014 by JujuW

Grown from seed and performed (and still are) really well in our garden this year. Work very well as cutting flowers, too. Definitely on the list for next year.