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Verbena lilacina

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    • * Lilac (Cedros Island) Verbena – Verbena lilacina (ver-BEE-nuh lie-luh-SEE-nuh) Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena Family) Native to: Endemic to Cedros Island off the coast of Baja California. Canyons & bluffs in oceaninfluenced desert scrub. perennial shrub mature height: 2-4 ft. mature width: 3-5 ft. Dense, rounded shrub with lacy leaves and up-curving branches. Gray-green foliage is evergreen with water; drought deciduous. Contained growth habit with yearly pruning – neat looking. Growth characteristics: Blooms Apr-Sept. Very showy. Small lilac blossoms on stems above foliage. Long blooming period – flowers continue to open up the stem. Flowers have a spicy scent. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Many uses for this attractive plant. Good in mixed beds, containers, planters. Fine choice for foundation plant or on banks & slopes. Even does great in hanging baskets. Place where you can enjoy the scent and the butterfly visitors. Reliable bloomer to span the seasons. Sensible substitute for: Non-native shrubs with lilac flowers. Attracts: Excellent butterfly plant – you’ll always have summer butterflies visiting. Birds also eat seeds. Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun best; light shade also ok Any well-drained soil; clays require very careful watering. Little to moderate. Tolerates some summer water (perhaps every other week) better than many natives. None needed Organic mulch fine Easy to grow. Looks best with yearly pruning to shape. summer to promote more dense foliage. Management: Propagation: from seed: yes Can lightly shear in by cuttings: probably; likely requires moist conditions for rooting. Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1, 8, 11, 13, 14 2/15/11 * Native to Baja CA © Project SOUND