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Delighted to hear you've discovered it too, Lorrie. I'll try saving seed, but if this isn't successful will buy some seed to sow early next spring. I can see Verbena rigida becoming a firm favourite in my garden.


  • Again, I found this plant in my local garden centre, in Barnstaple, not in flower, and love it better than the V.bonariensis, as they become giants in my garden. Hopefully it will seed like the bonariensis, but I have taken cuttings just in case.
  • Adam - I too walked past them at B&Q and 2 landed in my flat bed trolley! They are now at home next to the chocolate Cosmos, but reading your piece above, they are behind the Cosmos, so may need to be swapped in Spring...! (Glad you own up to buying at B&Q!) Cat x
  • I am glad the subject of chocolate cosmos has come up. I purchased two bare root plants earlier this year. They were planted and immediately began to grow with astounding vigour. I now have two beautiful plants which in mid to late November are in full flower. Is this unusual for such a tender plant. They show no signs of fading for the winter. Cosmos in full flower a few weeks before Xmas, they have been flowering now for four months !!!
  • It's funny you should mention this Adam as I too have discovered this plant this year. I bought mine from Notcutts Nursery in Norwich when on a visit to my sister in May. It wasn't in flower when I bought it; I actually bought it because they had a special offer on if you bought five plants (I think it was five) from a selection of young perennials.

    It is only in recent weeks that I have really started to appreciate what a beautiful plant it is. In spite of being a dwarf verbena the spikes of flowers stand tall above the plants around it, giving a lovely effect.

    I, like you, now want lots of them but so far have been unable to find it in the garden centres. However I haven't tried B&Q, even though they are only a mile down the road.
    It is described as a hardy perennial on the label but, in view of what you have said, I think I will try and save seed in case it doesn't survive the ravages of a Sheffield winter.

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