Verbena gooddingii

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Species Name: Verbena gooddingii
Common Name: Mojave Verbena

Good for butterflies. Likes sand, but adapts to other soils. Water 3-4 times a month in summer for longer bloom. This is a short-lived perennial (2-3 years)--excellent for filling in areas until larger shrubs mature.

Plant Family: Verbenaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading, erect
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable, prefers good drainage
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Lavender
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Eastern Mojave Desert, northeast Sonoran Desert
Natural Habitat: Sandy soils, washes, rocky slopes from 3960-6600'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Stems spreading from the base with pretty cut foliage and quantities of lavender flowers about the size of an ordinary verbena. Does well in sandy soil. Gallon cans, 35c."
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