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Verbena bonariensis

Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

I have some over grown and out of controll verbena bonariensis. I would love to dig it up but it has beed deignated (by daughter) as one of the flowers for he wedding.

I know it can be propagated by seed but can taking side shoot cuttings work as well.?

Then I can get rid of the messy plantsimage



  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027

    Yes, the shoots coming off from the leaf axils can be used for cuttings.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    I've taken side shoots off and they root quite quickly. I had to cut plants down in March, by May I had extra plants to put out from all the side shoots.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Thanks all

    I will need a lot of flowers but not next year. Next year is experimenting to see how I can get the most.


    these Verb Bon did get so untidy I have to do something rather than keep the original plants.

    I was hoping for seedlings but no sign of them

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,899

    I dont grow verb bon because of how tall it gets but I have planted verb lollipop this year and its really lovely just as attractive but much shorter.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,869

    My v. bon have reached 7ft this year and has turned into a thicket and hiding everything behind, but it does look impressive. Seedlings everywhere, so I'll dig up the main plant in autumn and replant the seedlings somewhat further back in the border.
    I found the seedlings from last year didn't appear until may/june this year,but they are already about 3' tall.

    I've also got V rigida which I thought I'd lost but it started popping up in June and now in flower. I'm hoping to get a good batch of rigida as it looks so good planted under some Falstaff roses I have

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  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    I have rigida and mine did not appear until really late as well, lovely and bright. I have it with Bishop of llanduff and it goes really well. Then again I don't go for subtle.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    But that costs and i can have them for free.

    I have just taken 10 cuttings off the side shoots,. shall have to see.

    If I have success I can ditch the originals in the spring, if not I still have them there as a base.


    the idea originally was to have them like a lacey screen that moved and could be seen thru into the flower bed beyond, sort of worked but flower bed beyond is rubbish!!!

  • I grew verbena b from seed last year and planted out lots of small plants in spring of this year. So far they have grown tall but no flowers at all. Are they likely to flower now and if not will I just completely lose them this year?

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