Verbena bonariensis, Verbena rigida

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Globally, there are around 250 species of verbena. Some species planted in gardens, such as Verbena bonariensis and Verbena rigida, are not native to Europe but are very useful plants providing nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. 

How to identify

A tall plant with thin, branching stems, few oblong leaves and clusters of small purple flowers.

Where to find it

Gardens throughout the UK


When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts recognise the importance of healthy habitats to support all kinds of species, so are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. You can help too: encourage butterflies in your garden by providing nectar-rich flower borders. To find out more about gardening for wildlife, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Verbena bonariensis, Verbena rigida
Conservation status