After many years of searching, I finally found the fabled population of Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis) in Jasper Co., SC. It is the only site that it was known from in the area. Many people learned this species as Verbena canadensis but it has been moved to a different genus. I found them on the edge of a road in a pine plantation. The 1′-2′ tall plants were scrambling all over the irregular terrain left by timber managing equipment. They were covered with vivid flowers. The photo doesn’t do them justice. I was so excited. The roadside and pine plantation are both sprayed frequently, so I rescued a few of them to use for propagation material. They were growing on very dry site. I was afraid that they would succumb to diseases under twice daily overhead irrigation, but they are doing fine. I haven’t garden-tested this plant yet but Illinois wildflowers, http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/rs_vervainx.htm suggests that they would be relatively resistant to deer and rabbits while attracting butterflies, skippers and long-tongued bees. Interplant with one of the “Deer Baffles” such as Salvia coccinea, Chasmanthium sessiliflorum or Piptochaetium avenaceum if deer are problematic.
|Dimensions||3.5 × 3.5 × 6 in|