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Superbena® Scarlet Star Verbena hybrid

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
12" 2'6" 30cm 76cm
Height: 6" - 12"
Spread: 18" - 2'6"
Height: 15cm - 30cm
Spread: 46cm - 76cm
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    6 - 12 Inches
    10 - 14 Inches
    18 - 30 Inches
    15cm - 30cm
    25cm - 36cm
    46cm - 76cm


    Superbena verbenas are very vigorous with strongly trailing habits  They need relatively long days to bloom and are difficult to produce in small container sizes.  They have very large flowers and umbels.  They are great in landscapes and containers.  In landscapes, they are best used at the front of beds and they function as spillers in combination planters.  If you are looking for a colorful annual ground cover, Superbena is a great choice.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 12 Inches 15cm - 30cm
    Trails Up To: 
    24 Inches 61cm
    10 - 14 Inches 25cm - 36cm
    18 - 30 Inches 46cm - 76cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Red with a white center
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Great for use in both containers of all types and landscapes.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Self-cleaning, no deadheading necessary.

    Superbena are our most vigorous, heat tolerant, and mildew tolerant series. While always great in containers they are also fantastic in landscape beds. They can tolerate dry soils and lower fertility. Normally either an application of slow release fertilizer or amending with compost is enough to keep them happy and blooming in landscape beds. They shouldnt need to be trimmed back but can be given a haircut a trim back using a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears at any time. While naturally well branched, trimming them back will encourage additional branching, fuller plants, and ultimately more flowers. I usually give them a very slight trim as I am transplanting to boost branching.

    An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

    Superbena have an early compact habit that becomes a vigorous spreader with strong garden performance. The abundance flowering helps these varieties really stand out in the garden.

    Superbena® Scarlet Star Verbena hybrid 'RIKAV44501' USPP 30,898, Can 6,298
  • 5 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I have grown these in window boxes for a couple of years in New York city. They are very heat tolerant and bloom profusely and for a very long season. We will probably be using them on our communal roof terrace next year for great color and easy maintenance. Love them!

      DALE B
      , New York
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Bought this in flower basket. Yes basket was expensive and other plants(2 spertunias and something else) failed but this one stayed with me till first frost when I stopped watering. Reading review from Michigan I feel sad that I let my plant die. I'm going buy again this year. Maybe will try to see how long I can enjoy. Thanks!

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • This is a beautiful, vigorous plant. I love the vibrant red color. This is a great spreading plant that can cover a good portion of a pot with bright red blooms and deep green foliage. This is another flower that survived multiple frosts and gave a beautiful picture in the snow this year; it is still alive after the snow melted. I love that many of PW annuals are hardy down to 30 deg. Our temps have actually gotten lower than 30, and they are still producing blooms! They do not want to give up yet.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
  • 14 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2021 Top Performer - Hanging Basket University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2021 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2021 Top Performer Penn State
    2018 Top Performer University of Wisconsin
    2018 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2018 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2018 Top 10 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - All Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Late Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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