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Q.Are Seeds Of Vanessa Compact Red Verbena Fertile?

Zone houston, 9a | Anonymous added on June 11, 2023 | Answered

Hi. I’m impressed by how my neighbor’s Verbena “Vanessa Compact Red” blooms non-stop in full sun in this heat. It’s much better than “Homestead Purple” or any other varieties that I’ve seen. I’ve collected a bunch of seeds. Will they be fertile? If so, then how and when should I sow them outdoors? Is the variety perennial in Houston (zone 9a)? Thanks!

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Answered on June 13, 2023

Vanessa Compact Red is part of a series of annual plants bred and trademarked by Danziger company. So if you grow it from seed, it won't be the same as the parent plant but you might get a nice plant. Since it is trademarked, you shouldn't propagate it by taking stem cuttings. It's an annual so it won't survive freezing weather in Houston.

Here is more info about verbena:


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