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Common Names: Swamp Verbena,
Height: 4' to 6'
Spread: 12" to 20"
Flower color: Purple
Bloom time: Summer
Light: Full sun to Part Shade
Zone: 4-9
Water: Average to Moist
Soil: Average to Rich
Maintenance: Low
Other info: 2010 was first year for me growing these plants.   I really like them.   I grew three hastata plants and only one stricta plant.   After growing them, I had kind of wished it were the other way around.   Both varieties in my opinion looking the same with the exception of the flower size and leaf size, and potential plant height.   Because of a lack of moisture, I believe my hastata plants maintained a 4' or less height which I liked.   They bloomed over an extremely long period of time as the flowers just kept opening upward on the flowering stems.   Because this was my first year growing them and I wanted a seed harvest, I did not try them as cut flowers.   But they look like they will make a nice addition to a bouquet, so hopefully I will see how they do next year.   Hastata is the smaller flowering variety and the leaves on the plant are smaller.

Verbena hastata
(Upright Verbena)
** Verbena hastata flowers **

#0923A Verbena hastata:
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[30 seeds per packet]

#0923A Verbena hastata:
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[100 seeds per packet]
Germination: Seeds are best sown direct to flower bed or garden location in the autumn; or winter sown. To winter sow, preferably use a gallon size container filled with good seed starting mix. Sow seeds on surface of the mix and cover seeds lightly with mix. Water thoroughly. Then place container in a sheltered location preferably out of direct sun but with access to rains, in autumn through late winter. Or sow in cold frame in autumn through late winter.   Sowing indoors could be difficult as seeds generally germinate at 40°F and often over an extended period of time.

Informational/Photo Links:
1) Verbena hastata at Dave's Garden
2) Verbena hastata at Wikipedia
3) Verbena hastata at USDA
4) Verbena hastata at MOBOT

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