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Verbena rigida f. lilacina (Lilac slender vervain)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Verbena rigida f. lilacina

Other names

Lilac slender vervain, Verbena rigida 'Lilacina', Verbena venosa 'Lilacina'

Genus

Verbena Verbena

Species

V. rigida f. lilacina - V. rigida f. lilacina is a compact, bushy, tender perennial, often grown as an annual, with oblong, toothed, rough, dark green leaves and dense clusters of small, pale lilac flowers from early summer into autumn.


Verbena rigida f. lilacina is: Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Bushy

Flower

Lilac in Summer; Lilac 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

Specific pests

Aphids , Leafhoppers , Slugs Aphids , Leafhoppers , Slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Verbena rigida f. lilacina (Lilac slender vervain) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Gravel, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging

Cultivation

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

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Verbena rigida f. lilacina

Other names

Lilac slender vervain, Verbena rigida 'Lilacina', Verbena venosa 'Lilacina'

Genus

Verbena Verbena

Species

V. rigida f. lilacina - V. rigida f. lilacina is a compact, bushy, tender perennial, often grown as an annual, with oblong, toothed, rough, dark green leaves and dense clusters of small, pale lilac flowers from early summer into autumn.

Native to

Argentina, Brazil

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Compact, Bushy


Colour

Flower

Lilac in Summer; Lilac 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

Specific pests

Aphids , Leafhoppers , Slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Verbena rigida f. lilacina (Lilac slender vervain) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Gravel, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging

Cultivation

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

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Verbena rigida f. lilacina (Lilac slender vervain)

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 rigida f. lilacina (Lilac slender vervain)

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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