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Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena

Verbena 'Vanessa Compact Bicolor Purple'

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Vanessa Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena (Verbena 'Vanessa Compact Bicolor Purple') at Roger's Gardens

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena flowers

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena flowers

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Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  16 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Vervain

Group/Class:  Vanessa Series

Brand:  Danziger


A showy variety producing vibrant flower clusters sitting on top of green foliage; a compact habit makes it the ideal addition to hanging baskets, containers and garden beds; self cleaning; excellent powdery mildew resistance

Ornamental Features

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena features showy clusters of purple star-shaped flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid fall. Its small serrated pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 16 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Vanessa™ Compact Bicolor Purple Verbena is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container  Basket 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features