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Verbenas are for butterflies


Last updated 6/12/2008 at Noon

California is home to many different verbenas and their cousins, the Four O’Clocks, all of which carry beautiful purple blooms that butterflies love. They can be found from the Channel Islands into the desert, so there is a verbena for every garden.

Lilac Verbena (Verbena lilacina) is endemic to Cedros Island, which means that it is restricted in its natural range to that area alone. However, it is a fabulous garden plant, especially on the coast, with a mounding shape and stunning bloom that requires some regular water and good drainage to thrive. This is a good verbena for tailored gar...

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