Thursday, November 17, 2011

All about Fragrant Verbena

Fragrant Verbena is also known as Sand Verbena, Snowball, Sweet Sand-verbena, and Abronia fragrans. It is a member of the four-o-clock family of plants. It is also a native plant to the United States.



Fragrant Verbena Description

Growing 8 to 40 inches tall and wide, this has an upright or sprawling form, depending on its natural growth. The perennial has long and funnel-like flowers. They are white, but may have a greenish, pinkish, or lavender hue to them. They are in clusters, ball-shaped, and are prolific in blooming. Bloom season is between March and September. Stems are hairy and sticky. You'll see the flowers in the late afternoon when they open up but they will close in the morning.



Growing Guide

Grow the fragrant verbena in partial shade with a loose, dry, deep soil. It should be propagated by seed. While it can be sown in the fall without pretreatment, it may do best after the seeds are removed from the papery fruits.



Uses

This makes a great addition into butterfly gardens. It is nicely aromatic, and goes well in rock gardens. Flowers are showy and can make for an ornamental choice in flowerbeds.



Distribution

You can find the fragrant verbena plant throughout the states of Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. It is typically found in the prairies and plans.



This flowering plant has a nice big ball of blooms that make for quite a display. It also has a lovely fragrance for those that want to put it next to a porch or a patio.





Source: NPIN

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ABFR2

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