Botanical Name: Verbena bonariensis
Common Name: Brazilian Lilac Verbena  
Plant photo of: Verbena bonariensis
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Water Saving Tip:

Even during our hottest months we don't need to water daily.

Give your plants a chance to breathe.

Water late at night or in the early morning hours to avoid losses to wind and evaporation.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Annual


Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall, Constant


Leaf Color


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Linda Engstrom
  • Description

  • Notes

This 4-5' plant is a drought-hardy performer, with blooms atop the sturdy, squarish stem all summer and fall. The flower is a striking purple tuft that makes a good fresh or dried flower. The sparse foliage makes this a great accent flower that hovers high and blends well. Deadheading will prolong its blooming. -Holland WIldflower Farm
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.