Verbena bonariensis

purpletop vervain

Herbaceous Perennial

An easy to grow and drought tolerant perennial with purple flower clusters atop tall and slender stems are a magnet to pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds. They require full sun and well-drained soil. Where happy, they self-seed readily and can be invasive in some situations.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 24 - 48 tall x 6 - 12 wide
Shape / Form: Upright
Foliage Texture: Fine
Foliage Quality: Fine

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Flowers, Fragrant, Long Blooming

Flower Color: Purple / Violet
Bloom Season: Jul, Aug, Sep, Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Cutting Garden, Hell Strip
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Reflected Heat
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds, Pollinators

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall
Plant Behavior: Aggressive / Crowds Neighbors, Naturalizes, Potentially Invasive
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos