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Description

In recent years the Lilac verbena has become widely recognized for being a premier butterfly attracting plant for gardens throughout the Inland Empire. Part of this is due to its long flowering cycle from spring into summer. Native to Cedros Island off Baja California, it grows into a loosely mounding perennial, 2-3 ft. tall and as wide.

One cultivar, V. l. 'De La Mina' is a popular cultivar due to its very uniform shape and deeper purple flowers. It grows best in sunny exposures, adapts to a variety of soil types with good drainage and can be clipped in fall to manage size and shape.

Water Needs

Lilac verbena and its cultivars grow well in Inland Empire gardens in areas of full sun and with low amounts of supplemental water. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. As shown in the chart below, there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water and you should make irrigation adjustments based on field observations of growth and character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, click here.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Flowering accent plant, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces

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