Delicate and Deliciously Dreamy – Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’

Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' profile

|Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ profile|

Going native never smelled so good!  Imagine notes of lilac, warm vanilla, and a hint of heady jasmine.  Well, thanks to mother nature and her curious craft she has produced her own exclusive fragrance in the form of Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ also known as De La Mina Verbena.  Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ is considered native to the California region.  It was originally collected from a canyon on an island off the west coast of Baja, California.  It produces open, delicate stems with finely cut lacy leaves and 1 inch heads of delicate, star-shaped flowers in tones of purple and light lilac.  These flowers may be tiny, but they produce a most pleasant and deliciously intoxicating fragrance.

Verbena lilacina 'De La Mina' foliage + flower

|Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ foliage + flower|

Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ is a mounding perennial that can get to about 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide.  Besides its beauty and fantastic fragrance, it’s also one tough customer.  Once established it can go for long periods without water.  From that point on, if you give it a good drink once a month or so, spring through autumn, it will continue to grace you with gorgeousness and keep the flowers coming.  Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ likes full sun to part-shade, well-draining soil, low water, and is hardy to 25 degrees fahrenheit/-3 degrees celsius.  Pretty easy!  Now it can get a little bit leggy, so after a flush of flowering give it a trim to promote lush growth and a new blast of blooms.  Added bonus, it flowers almost year round.  It looks great as a filler in blank spaces in the garden.  Fills those voids and the bees and butterflies will thank you!  Plant it in a hanging basket, container, or a window box and place it where you can luxuriate in its delicately dreamy fragrance.  The experience will conjure up the leisure of a summer’s day.

 

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