Name this pretty purple flower please?

Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)August 27, 2014

My grandma bought this for me at Lowes for my garden.I love it but it didn't have a tag. Can anyone tell me what this is?

Thank you! :o)

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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Verbena (probably of canadensis line) and quite likely 'Homestead Purple'

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 12:35PM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

Ah hardy to zone 6-7... shoot.

Very typical of lowes to sell perennials that aren't hardy to our zone here.

Thank you for your help.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 12:40PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Many folks are happy to treat them as annuals. Verbenas, caladiums, etc. are quite popular here.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 8:33PM
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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

I wouldn't say it isn't hardy...wild canadensis is so hardy here that it usually blooms in Dec (and anytime we have a couple weeks above freezing)...it'll be the last thing to stop blooming and the first to start in spring. It naturally occurs from the Canadian border down to the Gulf...

Give it a sunny place, protected from winter winds, and good drainage...and it might surprise you.

And if it fails, accquire a pure verbena canadensis...it's a bit muddier a purple than homestead, but quite hardy and quite similar.

They both need excellent drainage in winter.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 10:06PM
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Michaela .:. thegarden@902 .:. (Zone 5b - Iowa)

I don't that it's an annual I was just hoping since my Grandma got it for me that I would be able to enjoy it for many more years.

I will keep my fingers crossed but it gets down to -30 here some days so I don't know that it will survive.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 10:37AM
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