Characteristics: A Texas Superstar, thriving in full sun, flowering from spring through fall, and requiring average water. ‘Blue Princess’ has a trailing habit which makes it ideal for retaining walls, ground cover or hanging baskets. Although technically a perennial plant, the verbena hybrids are usually grown as annuals. According to Floridata, “Verbena X hybrida, the Verbena hybrids or garden verbenas, are a product of garden cultivation, and do not occur naturally in the wild. However some cultivars have escaped and become established in the southern U.S.”
Size: This lovely verbena will grow 12 inches tall and 36 inches wide.
Color: Dark green notched leaves below fragrant lavender blue flowers.
Pests and disease problems: ‘Blue Princess’ is subject to powdery mildew if not planted in full sun, at least 8 hours, and in well drained soil. Spider mites can be a problem. The plants should be sprayed with Red Spider Mite spray, insecticidal soaps or sulfur dust.
The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and are good for drying.
“Verbena–Queen of Summer Beauty”; Dr. Jerry Parsons, Texas Cooperative Extension, San Antonio, Texas
Greg Grant, Lone Star Growers; San Antonio, Texas
Keywords (tags): full sun, perennial, flowering, border plant