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Rose Verbena

Photo by Iralee Barnard

Common Name: Rose Verbena

Scientific Name: Glandularia canadensis

Family: Verbena

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 6 - 12 inches

Bloom Period: April, May, June, July, August, September, and October


Description: Stems are spreading and branched. Leaves are ½-2 inches wide and 1-4 inches long, opposite, with irregularly cut margins. Tubular, five-lobed, rose-colored flowers are arranged in broad clusters.

Comments: Rose Verbena grows on rocky hillsides and roadsides in the eastern one-third of the state. Plants are low-growing and easily overlooked when not in flower. However, in bloom their bright, showy flowers cannot be missed. Most other closely related Flint Hills verbenas grow erect with narrow flower spikes. Hoary Vervain is a sturdy plant, growing 3 feet tall, which invades overgrazed pastures. Narrow-leaf Verbena is slender and delicate with spikes of pale blue-violet flowers.

Photo by Bob Gress