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Verbena stricta

Hoary Verbena

Hoary Verbena is one of the best summer blooming meadow plants anywhere! Tall with green fuzzy foliage, this becomes a rounded bush by mid-summer that tops itself in July with spikes of pinkish-lavender flowers. Butterflies love the constant summer blooms! Tolerant of poor, dry soil and drought. Host plant for Buckeye butterflies.

Benefits

Long blooming with showy spikes of summer color
Tolerates drought conditions
Lots of birds will flock to eat the winter seeds
Perfect for massing in a sunny garden
Easy to grow and trouble free
A magnet for native butterflies

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Will thrive in dryish, sandy soils. Naturalizes by self-seeding to form colonies.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Range

Fields and prairies from Vermont south to Georgia and west into Washington with the exception of Florida, Louisiana, California and Oregon

Native Trivia

Pollinators such as butterflies brush against reproductive parts of plants moving pollen from one flower to another. This crucial act results in fertilization and seed set assuring food for birds and insects and future generations of plants!


"It's hard to keep me away from this plant during its long blooming season!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
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Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Idaho
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Washington
West Virginia
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