Verbena hortensis--Vervain

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Verbena hortensis--Vervain

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Verbena grows well in fertile, well drained soil and full sun. Flowering is poor in the shade. The plant reaches a height of one to one and one half feet with a spread of two feet. The growth habit is spreading and stems root where they touch the ground. The plant can be a source of cut flowers and is useful for summer color in spring flowering bulb beds. Old blooms accumulate rapidly and should be removed to keep the plant flowering. Plants exhibiting reduced flowering may be sheared to encourage new blooming in 15 to 20 days. Applications of liquid fertilizer during the growing season are beneficial. Verbena may be used in hanging pots.

Propagation is by seed or cuttings. Softwood cuttings taken in summer root easily. The seed germinates in three to four weeks at 70 to 75 degrees. Cover the seed or germinate it in a dark place. The seedlings may be pinched when they are well established.

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