Verbena rigida 'Santos Purple'

Verbena rigida is the small and more densely flowery version of verbena which flowers for four or five months at a stretch. More
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Verbena rigida is the small and more densely flowery version of verbena which flowers for four or five months at a stretch.

I first came across this planted in the rose garden at Sissinghurst – where it is planted in wide drifts – and now love its bright purple flowers which go on and on and on. Highly recommended.

Genus Verbena
Group/Species rigida
Variety Santos Purple
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Slender vervain, Hardy Garden Verbena
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 30-40cm (12-16in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in mid spring. Cover lightly. Seeds need darkness, so cover until germination occurs, watering sparingly until germination. Plant out after last frosts or in autumn. Can be direct sown in early May.
Care Tips Mulch in winter for protection. This can be grown in a container pot.
Flowering July - October, 4-5 months from early sowing
Vase Life 9 days. Sear the stem ends in water to decrease petal drop once cut.
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 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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Verbena rigida 'Santos Purple' reviews

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Reviewed 7th December 2018 by Teresa

These didn't do at all well for me

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Mrs Shaw

Efficient service - plants have thrived

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by John

They took a long time to establish, only got going at last minute.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Mrs Hayton

Good healthy plants and reasonably quick service.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Jacqueline

Really well packed and excellent plants

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Jeanie

This is not the first time I have purchased Spring bulbs from you. Why? Because they are always reliable and of good quality. I love the colour combinations you offer. The service I receive from you is excellent in every way. Your catalogues are a feast for the eyes and full of helpful hints too. Thank you.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jessamy

Developed into rather rigid little plants, quite dull in a planter.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Judith

They have bloomed magnificantly and still are. A great buy.

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Marjorie

Perfect plants - as usual

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Alison

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Frances

I planted these in a large pot along with other summer flowering plants. Took a while to get established but once they did the verbena rigida flowered all summer and wel into the autumn. As ever healthy plants well packaged and a great addition to my garden.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Carol

Good sturdy plants that are still performing well.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Emma

great - still going strong in border - for some Autumn colour

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Joan

Grew very well and have given a burst of vibrant colour all summer.

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Reviewed 26th September 2018 by Sally

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Marion

Excellent quality and superb customer service

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Yvonne

Did not survive very well in the heat and my absence . Service is always good..

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sandra

These have done well in NY herbaceous border this summer, weaving in and out of other plants. Lovely purple colour, no staking required.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Katie

I am thoroughly frustrated by the way I make an order and less than 24 hours later there is a communication with an offer. I buy quite a lot from you and when I make an order it is what I want then, not more later

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"We are sorry to hear that you received an offer after you placed an order. We have checked your order and on this occasion can see that you were able to take advantage of an offer at the time that you placed the order. We do try to create offers that as many customers as possible are able to take advantage of. We are sorry that on this occasion you received one when you had just placed an order."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julia

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Angie

Healthy robust and performing well

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Reviewed 16th September 2018 by Mrs Jeffreys

They have grown strongly and survived the extreme heat of this summer very well. They have bloomed and bloomed strongly all summer long and been very attractive to butterflies and bees. They continue to be a wonderful display and show no sign as yet of going over.

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Sue

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Carole

Some grew well, slow to flower though. Those in a slightly shady area have still to flower, although to be fair the soil where they are planted has a tendency to dry out.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Andrea

Fantastic customer service. Beautiful plants

just beautiful

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Reviewed 16th July 2018 by Ulrike Baranowski

came as lovely developed plants look beautiful in my beds and mixed with my white rose.

One Of My Favourites

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Reviewed 20th June 2018 by Rachel Ok

I bought 3 plants late last summer. My garden is all containers & these look fantastic in a pot. We did have the Big Freeze this year, & I thought that the plants hadn’t survived, but they had, despite 2 being on a blustery balcony with no protection. If I had given them some protection, I’m sure they would have been more abundant this year. The one in the garden is proof of this. It is wonderful this summer.

Fab free-flowering plant

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Reviewed 27th July 2017 by Elizabeth Fleming

Bought this as young plants from you last year. Did well then and overwintered with no mulch (North London). Cut back hard in late March and has now been flowering for 3 months with many more flowering side shoots forming. Planted with Persicaria 'Firetail' and looks great.

Love this little plant

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Reviewed 8th October 2016 by Janice

Grew from seed indoors and planted out with some apricot begonias in pots. Very happy with results and plan to use them around the garden next year. October now and still holding up.