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Meteor Shower® Verbena bonariensis

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 12"
Height
20" - 3'
Spread
8" - 12"
  • Details

    Features

    Good looks AND personality.

    Lollipops of lilac blooms on deep green foliage.  A fun plant for landscapes and containers.  A truly compact form of the common form.

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    20 - 30 Inches
    Spacing: 
    8 - 12 Inches
    Spread: 
    8 - 12 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Violet - Lilac
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Great in both containers and landscapes.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    These easy to maintain plants do not need deadheading, however, removing old flowers can be done if you would like. 

    Learn more about verbena plants.

    An updated look for the species, Meteor Shower has a denser, more vigorous growth habit which equates to more manageable and attractive plants as a flowering thriller in containers and massed in the landscape. And since the plants set little seed, it won’t become invasive like most Verbenas of this type. Heat and drought tolerance and deer resistance sweeten its appeal.

    Meteor Shower® Verbena bonariensis 'INVEBPUTOW' USPP 27,722, Can 5,507
  • 13 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Planted last year, late spring. Lasted all summer and the bees and butterflies loved it! Withstood our draught summer with no problem. No pests. Absolutely fabulous plant. Was worried it would not survive our winter as I am 6a, so I packed it WELL. I was so thrilled when I saw green stem on the bottom after I uncovered it and it is now leafing out!! YES! Love this plant and plan to get more!

      Annette
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • Planted last year, late spring. Lasted all summer and the bees and butterflies loved it! Withstood our draught summer with no problem. No pests. Absolutely fabulous plant. Was worried it would not survive our winter as I am 6a, so I packed it WELL. I was so thrilled when I saw green stem on the bottom after I uncovered it and it is now leafing out!! YES! Love this plant and plan to get more!

      Annette
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • Planted last year, late spring. Lasted all summer and the bees and butterflies loved it! Withstood our draught summer with no problem. No pests. Absolutely fabulous plant. Was worried it would not survive our winter as I am 6a, so I packed it WELL. I was so thrilled when I saw green stem on the bottom after I uncovered it and it is now leafing out!! YES! Love this plant and plan to get more!

      Annette
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 22 weeks ago
    • I have had Verbena in gardens before but not this version. I like the color of the flowers and the density if the plant. Planted it in my butterfly garden and it has a lot of competition for butterflies with Lantana, Bush Daisy, Bougainvillea and Milk Weed. So I am anxious to see how well they attract butterflies and what kind.

      David Helter
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 27 weeks ago
    • I have had Verbena in gardens before but not this version. I like the color of the flowers and the density if the plant. Planted it in my butterfly garden and it has a lot of competition for butterflies with Lantana, Bush Daisy, Bougainvillea and Milk Weed. So I am anxious to see how well they attract butterflies and what kind.

      David Helter
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 27 weeks ago
    • More compact than the other common verbena. LOVED that it stayed all summer and attracted pollinators, and was not affected by rain or sprinklers.

      Sheila
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 41 weeks ago
    • This is my first year growing Meteor Shower Verbena, and I would highly recommend them. I used them in containers as my thriller, and they performed amazingly well. They bloomed non-stop on strong, tall stems that held up well to windy conditions in my yard. The pollinators loved them lots of bees and butterflies visited all summer long. I definitely will be using them again.

      Rachel
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Performed well and the pests that were happily munching on everything else left it alone (we had a huge brown beetle problem this year). Was fine with both downpours and drought. Very sturdy, easy, and reliable.

      Michelle
      , Massachusetts
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Fantastic plant for vertical interest in a container. Looked good all summer with no deadheading.

      Peggy Butler
      , Montana
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Greg Lusk/Amarillo Botanical Gardens
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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