Verbena bonariensis

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Buy Verbena bonariensis purple top: Lilac-purple flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: borderline hardy (will need protection in winter in colder areas)

    Tightly packed clusters of lilac-purple flowers on tall, stiff, branching stems from June to September. This stylish perennial has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years. Perfect for a sheltered, sunny, well-drained spot, its open, transparent shape means that it can easily be used at the front or middle of the border despite its height.

    This plant will help to sustain bees and butterflies into autumn with its tall wiry stems of purple flowers. It makes a good filler, because the upright stems support neighbouring plants. Plant it among the warm-red Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and it will act as supports, negating the need for staking, whilst providing a dazzling display.

  • Garden care: In cold conditions Verbena bonariensis can suffer dieback if cut back in autumn, so it's best to leave the plant until spring and cut back the old growth when you see the new shoots emerging at the base. Also it's a good idea to mulch around the base of the plant with a deep, dry mulch in winter to help protect the plant. Where the plant is grown in partial shade the stems may need to be supported - if this is necessary use natural materials such as brushwood or twiggy pea-sticks.

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Beautiful and attracts bees and butterflies


This fabulous plant flowers for ages, looks beautiful and attracts pollinators - I have had a hummingbird hawkmoth coming to it for two years! I have only given it four stars because it self-seeds everywhere, so can be a real nuisance unless you cut off the flowers before they go to seed. I have several plants growing along my fence but because the stems and leaves are thin, I can easily see through them into the field beyond. It looks great with Gaura Whirling Butterflies or Gaura Rosyjane.




Not as tall as hoping.


Not as tall and substantial as would like - maybe because first year.

Middle aged mum saving the planet.



A very useful plant.


I use this plant to provide height in a mixed bed where it also adds interest. It is at its best when allowed to do it's own thing and pop up here and there.




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Just had my first ever delivery from Crocus absolutely over the moon healthy gorgeous plants thank you






This plant shot up in the summer and grew to be rather large and impressive. The sparseness to it's foliage means it doesn't block out anything else whilst still added architecture and is fab for pollinators. The purple flowers are still going strong in Oct..much recommended!





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Can I plant this in autumn, toward November time? I want to use planting to provide privacy for a low window behind and plan to combine flowers with grasses.


If you live in a warmer part of the country, or if the spot is very sheltered, and if your soil is light and freely draining, then you may get away with it. A better option however would be to wait until Spring, and then it will have the whole growing season to settle in before it has its first winter.


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