It is hardy and drought resistant. Mowing makes it put on new blooms, so it was a good selection as one of the plants to be used for highway plantings in Alabama.
This verbena is a freely branching perennial with opposite lance-shaped leaves which are very rough to the touch. The leaves are two to four inches long and one-half to one and a half inches wide. They are sessile and have a coarsely-toothed margin.
The flower clusters are stiffly erect spikes, each two to three inches long and three-fourths inch across. The small individual flower has a slender tube and five petals.
This sturdy plant is a native of South America. It is widespread in the southeastern United States and would be a good choice for a meadow garden.