Homestead Purple Verbena was discovered by happenstance at a homestead in Georgia. It has clusters of dark purple flowers on dark green foliage that spreads out into a dense groundcover. The bright purple blooms appear in the spring to early summer and last until the first frost of fall and sometimes can survive that in mild climates. Occasionally you might notice some slight insect damage, but the plant will quickly produce new foliage to cover it.
When driving here in Arkansas you can sometimes see Homestead Purple Verbena growing wild along the roadside. You may even see it as far north as Iowa as well as throughout the southeastern states. In 2001, Homestead Purple was selected as an Arkansas Select Plant. Criteria for this include that the plant be relatively new, adapted throughout the “Natural State” and easy to grow.
Spacing: Plant 12″ to 16″ apart.
Height: Grows 6″ to 10″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Arkansas Select Plant for 2001.
Tips: Average water needs.
Uses: Garden Bed, Landscapes, Rock Gardens