ARGENTINIAN VERVAIN

GARDEN VERBENA

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena / Vervain Family Family [Verbenaceae]  

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status
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flower
flower8mauve flower8lilac
inner
inner8purple
morph
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petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
type
typeZtrumpet
stem
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30th July 2009, River Weaver Navigation, Frodsham, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
Up to 5 feet tall with a cluster of magenta flowers at the tops of thin branched square stems. Fully grown plants have few stem leaves (narrow).


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Several smaller not-yet flowered versions are to the lower left, complete with leaves.


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The flowers have very long magenta tubes flared at the ends with five lilac-coloured petals. Typical of vervains, there are two stunted shorter satellite constellations below the main multiple-inflorescence. Note the two short bracts beneath the junction of the (square) stems.


16th Aug 2010, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Short hairs cover the plant.


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The five lilac petals are slightly notched and have a magenta centre.


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The flower tubes are hairy, as are the stems.


30th July 2009, River Weaver Navigation, Frodsham, Cheshire. Photo: © RWD
Several inflorescences have yet to open (the small blue pentagonal pyramids).


16th Aug 2010, Southport Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Hairs fill the corolla tube preventing access by insects.


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A young plant has more leaves at the top, all toothed.


7th Aug 2008, Martin Mere, Rufford, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The lower leaves have much larger teeth. Note the stem hairs. (Ignore the white clover and its' associated leaves).


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : The cluster of two-toned lilac and magenta flowers at the top of a very long few-branched stiff square stems. The jizz of a cluster of such plants is that there is a lot of space between them.

Argentinian Vervain is more likely to be found growing in a garden. But there is a very small wild colony near Martin Mere.

The long trumpet-shaped flowers of Argentinian Vervain look very similar in shape and in colour to those of the Butterfly Bush and other members of the Buddlejaceae family, but they are not related (well, not according to taxonomists, anyway).


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Verbena
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ARGENTINIAN VERVAIN

GARDEN VERBENA

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena / Vervain Family [Verbenaceae]  

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