Moss Verbena Glandularia Sandy Series
The Glandularia Sandy Series, often known as garden verbena, is a perennial plant known for its vibrant and striking floral display. The plant features a dense, bushy growth habit with dark green, serrated leaves that provide a lush backdrop for the flowers. The foliage releases a pleasant fragrance when touched or brushed against. The most captivating aspect of the garden verbena is its bloom. The flowers are small, tubular, and clustered together in rounded or flat-topped clusters that perch atop the stems like colorful bouquets. These flowers are renowned for their variety of hues, which can range from pink, purple, red, to white, often displaying several shades within a single cluster, creating an eye-catching effect. The blossoms of the garden verbena are not only pretty to look at but also attract a host of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making this plant a lively addition to any garden space. Their continual blooming throughout the warmer months adds long-lasting color and interest.
About this plant
Moss Verbena, Garden Verbena, Trailing Verbena.
Glandularia Sandy Series.
The Glandularia Sandy Series, commonly known as the garden verbena, is not known to be toxic to humans. While it is usually considered non-toxic, it is not intended for consumption, and its ingestion is not advised. If garden verbena is accidentally ingested in significant amounts, it might cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort, such as nausea or vomiting. However, serious poisoning or long-term consequences are generally not expected.
The Glandularia Sandy Series, commonly known as the garden verbena, is typically non-toxic to pets. It's not regarded as a plant that can cause serious illness or death if pets ingest it. Nevertheless, as with any non-food plant, the consumption of garden verbena can lead to mild gastrointestinal upset, including possible vomiting or diarrhea in some animals. If your pet displays any of these symptoms or any other abnormal behavior after ingesting this plant, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian.
Color of leaves
0.5-1 foot (15-30 cm)
1-2 feet (30-60 cm)
- General Benefits
- Attracts Pollinators: Glandularia Sandy Series plants are known to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects to the garden, aiding in pollination.
- Drought Tolerance: These plants have a high tolerance for drought conditions, making them ideal for xeriscaping or areas with water restrictions.
- Low Maintenance: They require minimal care once established, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
- Colorful Blooms: They offer vibrant, long-lasting flowers that add visual interest to any garden or landscape throughout their blooming season.
- Rapid Growth: Glandularia Sandy Series plants grow quickly and can fill in garden spaces, providing a full, lush appearance in a short amount of time.
- Versatility: These plants can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, ground covers, and containers, giving gardeners flexible design options.
- Soil Adaptability: They can thrive in a range of soil types, although they prefer well-drained soils.
- Deer Resistance: They are not a favorite of deer, which can be an advantage in areas where deer browsing is a problem for gardens.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Garden border decoration: Due to its vibrant flowers and low-growing nature, verbena is often used to create colorful edges along garden paths or flowerbeds.
- Ground cover: Because of its spreading habit, it can be utilized as a ground cover in sunny areas to prevent soil erosion and suppress weed growth.
- Butterfly gardens: Verbena is known for attracting butterflies, making it a desirable choice for butterfly gardens to promote biodiversity.
- Container planting: Its flexibility as a plant that thrives in containers makes verbena suitable for balconies and patios where ground space is limited.
- Companion planting: Gardeners plant verbena among vegetables and other flowers as it can attract pollinators, aiding in the pollination of surrounding plants.
- Living mulch: When planted densely, verbena serves as a living mulch, helping to maintain soil moisture and temperature.
- Educational tool: Verbena can be used in school gardens to educate children about plant growth and to attract and observe wildlife such as butterflies and bees.
- Seasonal crafts: The flowers of verbena can be dried and used in seasonal wreaths and other crafts for festive decoration.
- Landscape accent: Due to its showy blooms, verbena can serve as a focal point in landscape design, particularly in rock gardens or coastal settings.
- Photography: Its brightly colored flowers make verbena a popular subject for both professional and amateur garden photographers.
- Feng Shui
The Glandularia, commonly known as verbena, is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The verbena is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Adaptability: Glandularia, commonly known as verbena, represents adaptability due to its ability to thrive in a variety of environments, which can be a symbolic reminder of our capacity to adjust to different situations in life.
- Healing: Verbena has been historically used for its medicinal properties, symbolizing physical and emotional healing and the belief in overcoming health challenges.
- Protection: The verbena plant is often associated with protection and safety, with some cultures believing it to have the power to ward off harm and provide a safeguard against negative forces.
- Harmony: The pleasing aesthetics of the verbena blooms represent harmony and balance, suggesting the importance of living a balanced life or the coming together of diverse elements to create peace.
Verbena, belonging to the Glandularia Sandy Series, should be watered thoroughly once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which generally translates to about once a week. However, during hotter seasons or drier climates, more frequent watering may be necessary. When watering, apply enough water to soak the soil to a depth of approximately 6 to 8 inches, which could mean about 0.5 to 1 gallon, depending on pot size and plant size. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of foliar diseases and aim to water in the morning to allow excess moisture to evaporate. During winter or cooler months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down and it requires less moisture.
Verbena from the Glandularia Sandy Series thrives in full sun conditions, requiring at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day to bloom abundantly and maintain healthy growth. The best spot for these plants is in an area where they are exposed to unfiltered, direct light for most of the day. Avoid placing them in deep shade or heavily filtered light as this can result in reduced flowering and a leggy growth habit.
Verbena prefers temperatures between 60°F and 80°F which are ideal for promoting vigorous growth and flowering. They are tolerant of a range up to 90°F but not lower than 50°F for extended periods, as cold temperatures can potentially damage the plant. To ensure optimal health and flowering, protect the plant from extreme heat and cold by situating it in a location that avoids frost and excessive high temperatures during the peak of summer.
Verbena should be pruned to encourage bushier growth and to remove any spent flowers or dead foliage, which will promote a continuous bloom throughout the growing season. Prune lightly and regularly, removing just a few inches of growth every few weeks or as needed. The best time for major pruning is in late winter or early spring before new growth starts, but regular deadheading and minor shaping can occur throughout the growing season.
The best soil mix for the Sandy Series Garden Verbena should be well-draining with a mix of peat, perlite, and compost or aged manure. The ideal soil pH for Garden Verbena is between 6.0 and 7.0.
Sandy Series Garden Verbena should be repotted every one to two years to replenish its soil and accommodate root growth, depending on the size of the pot and the growth rate of the plant.
- Humidity & Misting
Garden Verbena thrives at moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable. As long as the soil moisture is well-maintained, ambient household humidity is typically sufficient.
- Suitable locations
Ensure bright light, moderate watering, and good air circulation.
Choose sunny spot, well-draining soil, protect from extreme cold.
- Life cycle
The Sandy Series of the garden verbena (Glandularia) begins with seed germination, which occurs in warm, well-draining soil with adequate moisture. Seedlings emerge, establishing a root system and producing the first set of true leaves. As the plant matures, it enters the vegetative stage, growing actively and producing a bushy mound of foliage. Flower buds develop and bloom into vibrant flowers, attracting pollinators and continuing throughout the warm season. After pollination, the plant sets seed, completing the sexual reproduction cycle. Finally, as temperatures drop in the late fall or early winter, the garden verbena enters senescence, with annual varieties dying back and perennials going dormant until the following spring.
Propogation: The Glandularia Sandy Series, commonly known as trailing verbena, is typically propagated through cuttings. The optimal time for taking cuttings is in late spring to early summer when the plant is actively growing. You would take a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long, ensuring there are at least a couple of leaf nodes on it. Strip the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and dip the cut end into a rooting hormone. Then, insert the cutting into a pot filled with a moistened mixture of peat and perlite or sand. The cutting should be kept at a warm temperature, ideally around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), and in bright, indirect light until it has rooted, which usually takes a few weeks. Maintaining high humidity around the cutting by covering it with a plastic bag or using a propagation dome can improve the chances of successful rooting.