Verbena bonariensis


This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Brown Argus, Comma, Essex Skipper, Green-veined White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White

and Hummingbird Hawk-moths.

top 10 memorable images of 2003:

My catalogue contains 109 digital images of Verbena from 2003. Here's a selection of 10 to show as many butterflies as possible.

thumbnail link Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell. August 23.

thumbnail link Large White. September 24.

thumbnail link Red Admiral. August 22.

thumbnail link Brown Argus. September 13.

thumbnail link Painted Lady. August 31.

thumbnail link Comma. September 24.

thumbnail link Meadow Brown. July 27.

thumbnail link Essex Skipper. July 30.

thumbnail link Small White. August 2.

thumbnail link Green-veined White. August 2.


Verbena is tall and thin with narrow leaves. It's good for planting amongst other plants that act as ground cover. Does not need staking although they will fall over in the winter gales. I have cut back the dead stalks from previous years each spring. It self-seeds easily and will flower in the same year.

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Plant Type: perennial

Flowers from July into September

Height: 1.5m (5ft)

This page last updated April 18, 2004