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Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires'

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Verbena hastata 'Blue Spires' Seeds

Verbena hastata is a clump forming perennial with tall candelabra-like stems topped by delicate heads of violet-blue flowers. The tubular flowers are full of nectar that butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects love and they add a delightfully airy touch planted in drifts in borders. Verbena is good for cutting too… add them to mixed bunches of flowers to create a lovely contemporary look. If you love tall 'see through' flowers you will adore this one.

Sow indoors in spring and sow direct from May onwards when the soil has warmed up. Verbena flowers from mid summer onwards and will keep going long into autumn so it's lovely with autumn grasses and autumn flowering annuals such as Cosmos and Rudbeckia. You may know Verbena hastata as Blue Vervain.

Genus Verbena hastata
Variety Blue Spires
Plant Type Tender Perennial. First Year Flowering. Cut Flower.

Height & Spread 120cm /4 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide
Sow Seeds Sow indoors in spring, from mid February, March and April. Needs light to germinate, cover lightly with vermiculite. Grow on then plant out in May. Sow direct from May -July. Takes 16 weeks from seed to flower from a spring sowing.
Thin/Plant Out Thin or Plant out 30cm/1 foot apart after the last frosts when the soil has warmed up in May.
Conditions Required Prefers well drained soil in full sun. Drought tolerant. Verbena is a tall plant with slender stems but stands up to wild weather and needs no support. In ideal free draining conditions Verbena hastata is perennial. If your garden suffers from wet, cold winters take cuttings or treat as an annual.
Flower Production Flowers from June to November. Keep cutting the blooms and your plants will keep producing flowers well into autumn.
Picking Pick in the early morning or cool evening. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds and stand flowers in a tall bucket of water for a good drink before arranging. Verbena flowers last 7 -10 days in a vase.
Planting Combinations Verbena hastata is great for gravel gardens and drought tolerant beds. It's particularly lovely with Grasses. Verbena pairs well with most blooms especially those in shades of blue such as Salvia viridis 'Oxford Blue' and annuals like Cosmos and Rudbeckia which also flower long into autumn.

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