After many years of searching, I finally found the fabled population of Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis) in Jasper Co., SC. Many people learned this species as Verbena canadensis but it has been moved to a different genus. The 1′-2′ tall plants scrambled 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. I found them on the edge of a road in a pine plantation. 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 and 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 x 3.5 x 6 in|