Ground covering perennial for sunny garden. Flower from mid spring to early summer, reblooms some in late summer. Pink-purple flowers.
We got this plant from Rita Randolph - owner of Rita's Rare Plants (Jackson, TN). This plant was discovered by Rita's friend Cathy as a vigorous seedling of V. canadensis on the compost heap. Rescued, propagated and kept in culture by Rita, named after Cathy. It's honor to share this plant with you!
Natural area of this very showy wildflower is wide, reaching from deep south to north, also from central USA to the east coast - that's why the hardiness differs so much and plants from southern areas act like true annuals, while the "northerners" are perennials. See the USDA distribution map.
The most common and readily available on the market, is Verbena canadansis 'Homestead Purple' - which is dark purple flowering vervain, but it was discovered in Georgia (Allan Armitage, Michael Dirr) and is lot more tender, and is usually grown as annual. Our plant are verified hardy in zone 5.
1' tall x 2' wide, slowly creeping wide, clusters of fresh rose-purple flowers continuously from May till the summer heat, when it slows down and reblooms with somewhat cooler late summer temps.
Full sun, virtually any soil, that is not wet or waterlogged - average soils, heavier, but drier soils, drier clay, rocky, sandy, gritty soils with average moisture to dry. Prefers some drainage (soil amended with some sand or fine gravel, but can handle clay, if it is dry clay).
Hardy in zones 5-9.
It is not pollinator magnet, but occasionally attracts some pollinators - hummingbird moth and potentially some native bees.
Deer and rabbit resistant plant (bitter and coarse leaves).
Excellent for the front of a sunny borders with average to dry soil.
Looks very well with yellow flowers (Coreopsis, Rudbeckia hirta, Rudbeckia missouriensis, new shorter cultivars of Rudbeckia), but other perennial comapions can be Agastache, Asclepias (A. tuberosa, verticilata), Gaura, Nepeta, shorter Liatris, Lavandula, Penstemon, and others, or grasses like Eragrostis, Muhlebergia, Koleria cristata,Sporobolus and Schizachyrium scoparium.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
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