Verbena rigida      
Sandpaper verbena    
Verbenaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: herbaceous groundcover
Seasonality: evergreen; short-lived
purple flower
Verbena rigida flower
Size: 1ft tall, spread to 4ft wide
Leaves: dark green, toothed, pointed, opposite, 1-4in long; rough surface
Flowers: purple, blooms summer to fall; in clusters
Fruit: seeds
Stems/Trunks: stems are upright, square
Range/Origin: Brazil and Argentine; naturalized throughout southern US
Hardiness: to 15 °F


Sandpaper verbena
Verbena rigida

Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore


Verbena rigida leaf
leaf form

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