12 to 18 inches
: Spring, summer and fall.
: Prefers sun; will tolerate afternoon shade.
: Remove old flower stalks for tidy appearance and to encourage more flowers.
: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.
Want bees and butterflies to spend more time in your garden? A favorite for pollinators, this colorful perennial which is often treated as a mounding annual makes a great ground cover or border, blanketing beds with rich wine-red flowers. With trailing growth and plentiful blooms, it also looks attractive in a hanging basket or container. Ideal for Sacramento, easy-care verbena loves heat, sun and well-drained soil but will still bloom in areas with afternoon shade. This tough little beauty makes a perfect addition to a drought-tolerant butterfly garden. You can see specimens in the arboretum's Teaching Nursery at UC Davis.
Why it's a favorite:
"I love remembering this plant from my grandparent's farmhouse, where it lined the driveway and attracted countless bees," says The Bee's Debbie Arrington, who was asked by the arboretum to nominate her personal Community Favorite. "In summer, it is almost constantly in bloom, with rich, wine-red flowers that live up to its 'claret' name."
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