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Verbena bonariensis

jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
Hi all, I thought all my vb plants died back this year never to return but suddenly I've noticed shoots appearing from base. Very strange how they are so late this year. Was it the cold spring?

I spread so many of the seeds last year because I love them but they never seems to appear from seed in my garden unfortunately. Unless they might still appear.

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  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,724
    edited July 2021
    They do like poor soil and I imagine will self seed most easily in gravel type gardens. I've had most success ever in a full sun bed of almost pure sand and they are seeding all by the curb and in the pavement. Overly wet, soggy or rich earth is probably not going to fly so well.

    It has also been a slow start to the flowering year. Might have just started flowering and only started shooting in June. For shrubby/woody salvias the same. After a mild winter my start flowering in April, but some Bumbles on my street haven't started flowering yet - another couple of weeks to go still. 
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,410
    They are a PITA weed on the sunny side of my garden and quite sparse on the shady side 
    Spread your seed where it's sunny this year and you'll have many more than you need next year😊
    I cut mine back to a about 6 inches or less.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    They aren't reliably hardy, so in very cold, wet winters they often die off. They don't always survive winter here where I am. You've been fortunate that there's been enough life left in them that they've sprouted again   :)
    I found a few self seeded ones which had managed to survive because they were under another plant, and it's in the most protected bed I have against a house wall. They don't readily seed around here either, because the seedheads often just rot,  but I get the odd ones some years in my gravel paths. I found a few under an open rubber mat that's in front of my side gate, and I transplanted them today. The mat obviously gave the ground a bit of protection  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    Thanks all. Just so strange that they are very late. Would expected them to be flowering now but I won't complain because I was tempted to buy some. Will get late flowers and will try some cuttings for next year. Might try some seeds in some pots too. I love them 🙂
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,410
    Mine just started last week but most of them won't be out for a couple of weeks. Very late here.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    I don't think they flower here until about now most years. Our season is later anyway though. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,724
    I do think of them as a later summer flowering plant.
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    A bit like Salvia Amistad I guess. Also very late this year for me but still survived thankfully 🙂
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