This genus includes a number of showy bedding plants, also several neglected border perennials. The former are treated as half-hardy. They are of spreading habit with close heads of bloom. Height about 1 ft. The colour range covers pink, scarlet, rose, cerise, lavender, mauve, violet and purple, some with white eyes. Sparkle is an unusually compact strain and Lawrence Johnston a vivid crimson. Among the border kinds Verbena bonariensis (patagonica) reaches 4 ft. and the thin bear close heads of deep lavender . V. venosa (rigida) is deep violet-blue to about 18 in. There is a form. V. corymbosa prefers a cool soil. It reaches 3 ft., and has dark heliotrope, fragrant . This species spreads by underground shoots and is reasonably hardy, whereas the first two will not survive a hard winter. V. peruviana (chamaedyrfolia) is a dazzling scarlet, a creeping species which does best in full sun and thin soil. It should be given a sheltered as it is not reliably hardy.
V. corymbosa and V. venosa can be increased by division in spring, but the other species are best propagated byin July. V. bonariensis sometimes itself.