* Lilac (Cedros Island) Verbena – Verbena lilacina (ver-BEE-nuh lie-luh-SEE-nuh)
Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)
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Verbena lilacina

  1. 1. * 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 ocean- influenced desert scrub. Growth characteristics: 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. Blooms/fruits: 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. 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 Requirement Sun Full sun best; light shade also ok Soil Any well-drained soil; clays require very careful watering. Water Little to moderate. Tolerates some summer water (perhaps every other week) better than many natives. Fertilizer None needed Other Organic mulch fine Management: Easy to grow. Looks best with yearly pruning to shape. Can lightly shear in summer to promote more dense foliage. Propagation: from seed: yes 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

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