Bampton in Devon

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Bampton's Unusual Verbena

Growing in some Bampton gardens, and also in the public garden the 'hot bed' at the top of Luke Street is a plant which none of the local horticultural experts could identify. It is a striking upright plant growing about a metre high, and covered in small purple flowers. It is not unlike Verbena bonariensis or rigidus, but has a different style of growth and many more flowers.

Verbena officinalis grandiflora

Verbena officinalis grandiflora

Verbena officinalis grandiflora

growing in Bampton

Verbena officinalis grandiflora

So we went along to the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley for their help in identification...

"Your Verbena was such a puzzle to us that I ended up sending images to a botanist named Eric Clement who has made a study of Verbenas in Britain. He has come up with the name Verbena officinalis var. grandiflora, which is a very large southern European variant of our native vervain.

V. officinalis var. grandiflora appears to be a striking and ornamental plant and we would be interested in receiving some seeds to grow at Wisley if at all possible" (which of course we have done).

Our sincere thanks to the RHS for their help. And maybe someday you will see the plants growing at Wisley - they certainly seem to grow well here in Bampton.

 

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