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Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'

Other names

Purple top 'Lollipop', Tall verbena 'Lollipop', Argentinian vervain 'Lollipop'

Genus

Verbena Verbena

Variety or Cultivar

'Lollipop' _ 'Lollipop' is a stiff, compact, open clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with erect, branching stems bearing few oblong to lance-shaped, wrinkled, toothed, dark green leaves, hairy beneath, and branched clusters of small, salverform, purple flowers from midsummer to early autumn.


Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Upright

Flower

Purple in Summer; Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Divide in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained or moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Protect with a dry winter mulch in areas with cold winters.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'

Other names

Purple top 'Lollipop', Tall verbena 'Lollipop', Argentinian vervain 'Lollipop'

Genus

Verbena Verbena

Variety or Cultivar

'Lollipop' _ 'Lollipop' is a stiff, compact, open clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with erect, branching stems bearing few oblong to lance-shaped, wrinkled, toothed, dark green leaves, hairy beneath, and branched clusters of small, salverform, purple flowers from midsummer to early autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Upright


Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer; Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation

Divide in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Gravel, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained or moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Protect with a dry winter mulch in areas with cold winters.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop')

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora tentaculata Kröber & Marwitz - All Hosts

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous pathogen present in parts of Europe and beyond.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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July 2019

Back garden, St Albans

Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop' (Purple top 'Lollipop')

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' and Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'

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