Jul 9th, 2014

Knockout Blooms: Verbena Hastata Loves the Swamp

by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 

Verbena hastata

Verbena hastata

At today’s “15 minutes in the Garden” with Horticulturist Jay Austin, one bloom stole the show —  Verbena hastata or swamp verbena. It loves the boggy area around the West Island Garden, and has an unusual pointed form that caught our eye.  It’s certainly pretty enough to be considered a knockout in my book!

It took us a few minutes to identify it — yet another reason I’m sharing it here.  But another great way to identify blooms  you see at the Garden is by viewing our Blooms by Month page. There you’ll find blooms that typically bloom in any given month — all labeled, so it’s a great way to identify plants by what they look like, and a great way to learn names of plants you are familiar with, but don’t know the name.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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