Thursday 21 February 2013


Verbena (vervain), is a genus in the family Verbenaceae. It contains about 250 species of annual and perennial herbaceous or semi-woody flowering plants. The majority of the species are native to the Americas and Europe.

Hybrid verbena in the Donalena™ Twinkle series shown here, are vigorous, warm season, tender perennials that are grown as annual bedding plants in colder regions. They are heat-tolerant and bear large mottled flowers in many-flowered clusters. These low, mounding and trailing, ever-blooming plants have broad, quilted dark green leaves with toothed edges

These butterfly favourites produce many rounded clusters of unusual tubular five-lobed flowers with wide-flaring tips that are white mottled and streaked in shades of red, pink and purple. Donalena™ Twinkle verbena is will continue blooming if regularly deadheaded and cut back in late summer. They bloom all year in climates with mild winters and all summer in temperate locations.

Like many other verbenas, these tolerate drought, heat and humidity. They prefer full sun and moderately fertile, amply drained soil. Too much shade results in leggy sparsely flowered plants. Powdery mildew is a problem for most Verbena, good airflow and care will help plants stay healthy. Plant Donalena™ Twinkle verbena in containers, hanging baskets, along walkways, and borders.

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