Verbena bonariensis Brazilian Vervain



Verbena bonariensis, also known as Brazilian Vervain, is an upright plant that bears small clusters of lavender flowers on tall airy stems. The rapidly growing clumps have coarse, lance-shaped basal foliage, but bloom stems are mostly leafless. Verbena bonariensis makes a good "see through" plant that can be used near the front of the border. It is long-blooming, from early summer to frost, and a prolific self-sower. It is a favorite of butterflies, particularly Skippers.

This perennial is native to South America and is used as an annual in much of the United States, but is usually perennial in zone 7 and above.

Verbena bonariensis prefers full sun and average to moist, well-drained soil. It is very heat tolerant and accepts poor soil. The foliage is prone to powdery mildew. If foliage gets ugly, cut the plant almost to the base and it will produce fresh foliage and blooms. We recommend deadheading to reduce self-sowing and to promote more bloom.


  • Common Names: Vervain
  • Zones: 7-11
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 48"
  • Width at Maturity: 24"
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: May- Fall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.