Phlowers – FOTD/Verbena

I press quite a few flowers over the course of the growing season and verbena is one of my favorites for this craft. I was pleased to find a pinwheel variety this year and can’t wait to see if it will hold its colors. Verbena is easily preserved between the pages of books or in a flower press. The flower is somewhere between the size of a dime and nickel. For small pressed flower arrangements it is irreplaceable. Red is usually a fugitive color in flower pressing, but verbena holds the red color for years. An entry from the Philadelphia Flower Show 1994 hangs on my wall and the verbena still has a bit of red left in its petals.

Verbena comes in a great variety of colors. Red, purple, lavender, fuschia, peach and whites. Just like my new pinwheel variety, new looks are debuted every year.

I don’t plant verbena directly in the ground. Every verbena plant I have is in a hanging basket or pot of some kind because the greatest threat to a long growing season is powdery mildew. I’ve found growing the verbena in pots protects the leaves from this problem for a longer period of time. I’ve read fungicides will work, but usually I just throw the plant away if it becomes diseased.

Verbena is my choice for Cee’s Flower of the Day.

4 thoughts on “Phlowers – FOTD/Verbena

  1. The pinwheel variety is beautiful. We used to call this the 4’o clock plant back home as we believed that the flowers bloomed every evening at 4 pm.:)
    I love the black seeds of this plant. It was fun collecting them as children.
    Susie

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    1. Timelesslady

      This looks like the 4 o’clock, but it is much smaller and is open all day. One of my sons just moved and there are dozens of 4 o’clock plants in his front garden. I told him they will open in the afternoon. They are so much fun!

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