average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock
May, June, July, August
7, 8, 9, 10
"Vigorously spreading, deep purple clusters from June to November. Excellent clean, deep green foliage with a trailing habit. Has been surviving the winter here lately, but it gets a very slow start in the spring. Best treated as an annual in zone 6 or less." -- North Creek Nursery
"V. canadensis can be found in Pennsylvania to Illinois and Colorado south to Texas and Florida. Prefers moist to dry, well-drained soils in partial shade, but can tolerate drier soils. Propagate by seed or cuttings. Best used as a groundcover or in rock gardens." -- North Creek Nursery
The discovery of the plant is due to the keen eyes of two University of Georgia horticulture professors, Alan Armitage and Mike Dirr. Armitage is one of the nation's foremost authorities on perennial plants, while Dirr is the undisputed woody plant guru.
The two were returning to Athens, GA, when they drove past a purple mass of flowers neither recognized. They did a U-turn and asked the lady who lived on the homestead about the plant. She didn't know much about it, apparently it had been growing there for years. They collected cuttings and the plant went on to fame and glory.
In all probability, 'Homestead Purple' is a chance hybrid with another verbena species because its identifying characteristics and vigor are not characteristic of the straight species.