Argentinian Vervain - Verbena bonariensis


    Verbena bonariensis is a tall plant with erect, branching stems to 2m in height, bearing sparse, oblong leaves and large branched clusters of small, purple flowers.

    Identification difficulty

    A cultivated flower that occasionally escapes into the wild and persists for a while, usually on bare or stony ground. Often found close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers summer and early autumn.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequently recorded in the wild in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map