Goodingii is Good Enough

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Verbenas are great for native pollinators. They provide nectar for butterflies, moths, and bees, and they bloom most of the year. Our favorite species is the native Gooding's Verbena (Glandularia goodingii). The flowers are a softer shade of purple than the South American species more commonly sold in nurseries (Glandularia pulchella). This species is also more drought tolerant and will reseed throughout the landscape readily. 

Mixes well with other perennials like penstemon, salvia, etc. If plants get rough looking, you can trim back. Individual clumps only live for a few years but the species will reseed copiously. 

 

Gooding's Verbena
Glandularia goodingii
Verbenaceae

  • About 1' tall, spreading to about 3' wide.

  • Purple flowers in warm weather

  • Nectar plant for butterflies, moths, and bees

  • regular to low water (bottom to top zone) will reseed in all zones but plants in low water zone will be small and short-lived)

  • FULL SUN

  • HARDY TO ABOUT 0°F

  • Reseeds readily

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Katherine Gierlach