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Botanical Interests "Hoary Vervain" Verbena Seeds


Perennial in USDA zones 3-9. Blooms summer to fall. This Great Plains native is related to popular garden verbenas but with a strikingly beautiful different form. The 2'-4' tall plant has tall candles of velvety blue-purple 1/2 flowers rising above wooly gray-green leaves. Grow it in perennial gardens, borders, prairies, native gardens, and meadows. It tolerates a wide range of conditions including drought and often self-seeds to form striking groups. This versatile plant attracts beneficial insects to the garden for natural past control. It provides nectar for butterflies and bees and is a host for the Common Buckeye Moth. Birds enjoy eating the seeds in autumn and winter. Deer are usually deterred by the bitter-tasting foliage.

When to plant outside: 2 to 4 weeks before the average last spring frost, or in the fall for germination the following spring.

When to start inside: 10 to 12 weeks before average last frost.

Special Germination Instructions: Requires darkness to germinate--press seeds into soil then cover with moist seed-starting mix or black plastic (remove as soon as sprouts appear). Try sprinkling seeds on top of soil in a clay pot and putting outside for the winter. Transplant seedlings in the spring.

WHAT IS A NATIVE?

Native North American plants are indigenous plants that evolved naturally in their ecosystem without introduction. They often tolerate greater swings in water availability, have deep root systems that prevent water runoff and soil erosion and require little or no fertilizer or pest control. They also provide food for butterflies, insects, birds, and other valuable pollinators.

BOTANIC GARDENS SERIES

Plant species are constantly being lost throughout the world as a result of habitat loss, climate change, pollution, insect and disease problems, and even over-collection. Botanical Interests is very pleased to be working with botanic gardens throughout the U.S. to protect species that are rare and endangered or may become so if not maintained. As gardeners we can feel good about adding these attractive, adaptable treasures to our gardens. By planting them, we become responsible stewards of the environment and give a gift back to nature. "

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