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VERBENA (DONALENA™ RED PEPPER)

Image of Verbena (DONALENA™ RED PEPPER, DONALENA™ SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

VERBENA( DONALENA™ RED PEPPER, DONALENA™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Donalena Crimson Twinkle Verbena, Verbena

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General Description

Pretty crimson blooms which last all season and drought tolerant plants make ‘Donalena™ Red Pepper’ worth planting. Hybrid verbena in the Donalena™ series are vigorous, warm season, tender perennials that are grown as annual bedding plants in colder regions. They are vigorous, heat-tolerant and bear large flowers in many-flowered clusters. These low, mounding and trailing, ever-blooming plants have broad, quilted dark green leaves with toothed edges.

These butterfly favorites produce many rounded clusters of tubular five-lobed flowers with wide-flaring tips that are clear true red.. Donalean™ verbena is will continue blooming if regularly deadheaded and cut back in late summer. They bloom all year in climates with mild winters and all summer in temperate locations.

Like many other verbenas, these tolerate drought, heat and humidity. They prefer full sun and moderately fertile, amply drained soil. Too much shade results in leggy sparsely flowered plants. Powdery mildew is a problem for most Verbena, good airflow and care will help plants stay healthy. Plant Donalena™ verbena in containers, hanging baskets, along walkways, and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    9"-18" / 22.9cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America, Southern Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes