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Verbena Rigida / Veronica

harmonyharmony Posts: 368
Hi, need help again
I have  Verbena Rigida and Veronica ( not sure which one) which all flowered beautifully last year but have still not got going yet after the awful weather. Ive been hanging on in the hope of seeing some signs of life and think I can see the odd green leaves. Everything else is flourishing nicely now and the gap is begining to bug me but i'm reluctant to make a decision on what to do either wait a bit longer or dig up and replace. Advice please. 


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,269
    I grow Rigida (and a few bonariensis) under a group of deep red roses. I don't usually see any sign of the Rigida until mid-late may and all of a sudden they pop up.
    They slowly send out runners just under the soil surface then new shoots pop up here and there, but they don't become invasive in any way. It's a lovely plant for later in the season with really vivid flowers.
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  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,851
    Just to say I dug up my Verbena rigida today as I thought it was dead, only to find new white roots, and very long ones too, going through the soil, and obviously still very much alive, even though the top is like yours, - dead looking...
    I'm replanting it, but clearly it's going to be quite late in doing anything...
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  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Posts: 2,727
    That's interesting as I bought 2 of those the other day,so I will make a mental note next year that although they will look dead,they won't be!😁 Thank you guys.
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,232
    Mine are just beginning to show signs of life. They seem slower into action than Verbena bonariensis.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 383
    Verbana rigada...shudders. its massively intrusive in my clay soil. I spend a full day digging it out
  • LisaJLisaJ Posts: 48
    My verbena bonariensis is looking deader than a dead thing but I'm leaving it for another month at least since it looked this dead last year at this time.  There may be life in it yet! 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    There's nothing deader-looking that a dead VB. But keep an eye out for tiny shoots at the base of the plant.
  • edited May 2018
    I thought mine was dead so bought a new one at the weekend, before the rain started!

    Planned to replace old for new at this weekend so was doing some pottering this evening and can see tiny green shoots on the old one so now got to decide where the new one can go 😀

    I really did think it was dead as everything else in the garden is really started to regrow 
  • harmonyharmony Posts: 368
    Thanks for the info, i'm going to have faith that all is not lost with my verbena after all your comments and look forward to them popping up soon. I think maybe I'll will plant some low ground cover around so not to have bare soil next year. Thanks
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