Courtesy of Syngenta

Verbena hybrida 'Lanai Purple Star'


Verbena flowers attract butterflies, adding a touch of beauty to your garden while promoting pollination and plant growth. This variety is also resistant to deer. Pair this trailing beauty with a plant with a mounding nature and a plant with an upright nature for a dynamic patio display and breathtaking landscape designs. Utilize the high tolerance levels and trailing nature of verbena to create a low maintenance scenery outside that keeps your gardens and patio looking fresh and elegant.

The Lanai Series, bred by Syngenta, is a trailing variety that is very versatile. Display Lanai as a solo feature in hanging baskets, or as a border crop around large container combinations on the patio. Utilize their trailing nature to create a canopy of color when planted as ground coverage, or feature as an edging crop around the gardens. The Lanai Series comes in a variety of breathtaking colors with broad leaves.  

Height: 6-10 Inches

Spread: 20-24 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 9 - 11

Color: Purple, White

Interesting Notes:

Verbena is a warm weather annual and tender perennial with a vigorous nature and trailing growth habit. These early bloomers are low and spreading, with ever-blooming flowers and ferny, much divided deep green leaves with toothed edges. They are a favorite of butterflies, producing many rounded clusters of small, tubular, five-lobed flowers with wide-flaring tips. Verbena are available in shades of red, blue, white, pink, purple, or rose and can be found across the Americas and some parts of Europe and Asia.

Verbena is commonly featured in hanging baskets, container combinations, rock gardens, or for mass planting in the garden. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden. Verbena will continuously bloom all season long and are quite tolerant of drought, heat and humidity. They prefer full sun and moderately fertile, amply drained soil. Too much shade results in leggy plants with sparse flowering. Key features of this variety include mildew resistance, heat, frost, and drought tolerance, and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted. Finding a fresh young plant, without dying foliage or wilting flowers is very important. Look for rich, sturdy, green foliage as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Verbena is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. To encourage maximum flower production, make sure your plant has optimal sun exposure throughout the day. The best time for planting verbena outdoors, in seasonal areas, is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Verbena will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Verbena is a low maintenance plant that is heat and drought tolerant. While it has high tolerance levels, water application a few times a week is necessary, and regular fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. It is equally as important to ensure that your verbena is well-drained in both containers and landscaping. Proper drainage is key to plant health, helping to prevent many diseases, including root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level.

These beauties will continuously bloom all season, and do not require deadheading. Because verbena is a trailing plant, you may want to do a bit of maintenance if it seems to be overtaking the hanging basket or patio container you placed it in, or if it is overwhelming the flowers surrounding it in the garden. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks.

As the verbena plant grows, their trailing nature creates a beautiful canopy of vegetation, which can become an attractive environment to slugs and snails In order to prevent such pests, it is important to prepare the ground before planting your crop. Clear the ground of any holes or homes where little critters might be living. Preparation of the soil is simple and a vital step to a healthy garden and successful plant health. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Verbena, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Heat Tolerant
  • Frost Tolerant
  • Compact
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Mass Planting
  • Tropical
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Ground Cover
  • Window Boxes
  • Edging
  • Trellis / Wall
  • Container
  • Filler
  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Versatile

Exposure:

  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green

Habit:

  • Trailing

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Average

Vigor:

  • Medium