I just put in six GORGEOUS Verbenas -- a hybrid called Tapien Blue
Violet. The label says Annual, but the nursery worker said no, it's
Here is just one of many Web sites about the plant:
It looks GREAT; the flower color is to die, and as I am a foliage
freak, I love the beautiful lacy leaves.
Please reassure me that it IS Perennial?
Any experience out there?
I'm in So. Calif Coastal.
Yes Tapien should be a perennial where you are. Most verbenas
are not very long lived perennials however. Up here they seem
to live longer if they are planted with good drainage; they do not
like to be real wet in the winter.
On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 19:04:47 -0700 (PDT), mleblanca
I'm afraid they wouldn't have much problem getting "real wet"
what with the scary lack of rain we have had last few "winters".
This year we had only about 1-1/2 real rains, with a couple of
overnighters in between. :(
What do you mean by "not very long lived"? A few years, I hope?
However much rain you get, or irrigation, they just don't like to be
in a spot that stays soggy or puddly. They get root rot easily.
As Jangchub suggested, cut them back now and then and deadhead
so they look better. They seem to last about 3 years.Then they
get leggy and decline into ugly plants
On Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:17:23 -0700 (PDT), mleblanca
If they are religiously cut back, much the way mums should be cut back
several times before blooming, they live a longer ore productive life.
Of all the trailing, perennial verbenas my favorite would have to be
'Homestead,' but I bought one last season which has a beautiful,
fractured blue and white flower. I wish I knew what this variety was
so I can recommend it, but it came through my hot summer in full sun
and even though it wilted severely several times it recovered promptly
after I watered it.
On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 16:58:01 -0700, Dark Energy wrote:
The supertapiens can only be asexually propagated and are a licensed
plant. I've grown these from cuttings in the greenhouse when they
first introduced and found them to be reliably hardy to about 15
degrees, but not a sustaining cold like that. If you live on the
coast in socal you should not have any problem with them dying, but
they should be pruned a few times during the growing season and if
possible, deadheaded to produce larger display of color.
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