Homestead Red Verbena, like Homestead Purple, is one of the most cold hardy verbena out there. In the South, the 3 inch, bright red bloom clusters can start as early as March and continue into the fall until the first frost. According to one source, this plant can spread up to 6 feet. Others didn’t seem quite as optimistic. If this is the case and it starts taking over, simply keep it cut back to the size that you desire. Trimming the longer stems will cause a flush of new growth. Keeping the spent blooms cut will help promote more bloom clusters.
Homestead Red Verbena doesn’t have many disease or pest problems. If the foliage is watered from above and does not dry out before evening, then you could have issues. Powdery mildew is sometimes a problem and spider mites could possibly stop in for a visit.
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