How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Verbena—Verbena spp.
Family Verbenaceae (Verbena family)

Plant Identification

Verbenas are fast-growing perennial plants, sometimes grown as annuals. They are often planted as ground covers, along driveways, parking areas, or in hanging baskets. Verbenas attract butterflies and produce clusters of small, tube-like flowers with 5 petals, generally in the summer. Flower colors include purple, white, pink, red, and blue.

Optimum conditions for growth

Verbenas do well in hot weather with full sun. Most species do well with little to moderate amounts of water. Some species require regular amounts of water. Soil must be well-drained. Plants do best where there is good air circulation.

Red blossoms
Red blossoms

Pink blossoms
Pink blossoms

Pests and disorders of Verbena spp.


Invertebrates (cont.)


Environmental disorders



White blossoms
White blossoms

Purple blossoms
Purple blossoms

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