Purple is a common color among different types, species and varieties of verbena.

Fact Sheet on Purple Temari Verbena

by Jasey Kelly

"Temari" is a trademarked name given to a line of hybrid verbena (Verbena x hybrida) by both the Suntory Collection and Proven Winners. Several of the varieties of this verbena have a purplish hue and are sold as either patio container plants or trailing plants. Most often used as a summer annual, hybrid verbena also grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11.

1. Temari Patio Colors

Temari Patio Verbena comes in a selection of vivid colors: Patio Blue, Patio White, Patio Red, Patio Rose, Patio Hot Pink and Bright Pink. Of these, Patio Blue is the hybrid with the most purplish hue, although some of the other hybrids display hints of purple, particularly Patio Hot Pink and Rose.

2. Temari Trailing Colors

The Suntory Collection has developed a line of trailing Temari verbena. Trailing plants have the same requirements as their upright siblings, they just happen to spread out much farther. Suntory offers Candy Stripe, Blue, Cherry Red, Magenta, Pink, Red and Violet trailing verbenas; Blue, Magenta and Violet all have strong purplish tones. Temari Trailing Blue verbena won a Best Performers award from the University of Minnesota and was recognized as a Prairie Star Winner from Kansas State University in 2011.

3. Uses

The Patio collection does well in any type of container, including window boxes. Temari Patio verbenas are also well-suited to use as bedding plants throughout your flower beds. The Trailing collection will hang generously over the sides of containers and can also serve as a colorful, low-growing ground cover.

4. Height and Spread

The purplish-blue flowers of Temari Patio Blue verbena, as well as others in the Temari line, last from spring through hard frosts, allowing you to enjoy them well into the fall. The upright plants of the Patio collection reach anywhere from 10 to 14 inches tall and 18 to 28 inches wide. The trailing Temari verbena, on the other hand, grows anywhere from 5 to 12 inches tall but spreads for up to 4 feet. The dark-green, soft-looking foliage has a somewhat mounded habit, although the flowers are upright. These flowers are like those of many other verbena -- compact clusters reaching over 2 inches in diameter.

5. Care

Both the Patio and Trailing collections have the same requirements. When you plant them in the ground, choose a full sun location with moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. The Suntory Collection warns against letting the soil dry between waterings. Fertilize container Temari verbenas every two weeks with a high-nitrogen, complete and balanced fertilizer; fertilize once a month during the growing season for in-ground plants. A standard for fertilizing is 1/2 cup per 25 feet, but double-check your fertilizer's instructions for application rates.

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