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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Glandularia gooddingii (Briq.) Solbrig
Southwestern mock vervain, Pink verbena, Southwestern vervain, Goodding's verbena, Mojave verbena
Synonym(s): Verbena arizonica, Verbena gooddingii, Verbena gooddingii var. nepetifolia, Verbena verna, Verbena verna var. fissa
USDA Symbol: GLGO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Both the stems and deeply divided, three-lobed leaves of this short-lived perennial are quite hairy. It is a spreading plant forming a low mat 3 ft. wide. Bright, pink-purple, tubular flowers are grouped together in rounded clusters atop several 6-8 in. stems. This plant is not as drought tolerant as its desert environment suggests. The flowering season is dependent on moisture. In some parts of its range, pink verbena may flower as early as February or as late as October.
This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, UT Native Distribution:
E. Mohave Desert to s.w. UT,
s. to Mex. Native Habitat:
Washes; dry slopes; mesas; pinyon forests
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Well-drained, rocky soils. Conditions Comments:
This plant is not as drought tolerant as its desert environment suggests. The flowering season is dependent on moisture. In
some parts of its range, pink verbena may flower
as early as Feb. or as late as Oct. It is an ideal ground cover for hot, dry banks.
PropagationDescription: Plant untreated seed 1/8-1/4 in. deep in early spring, then thin plants to 8-12 in. apart before they bloom in summer.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No chilling treatment is needed, but seeds germinate better if exposed to light.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff