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PlantFiles: Peruvian Mock Vervain, Red Vervain
Glandularia peruviana 'Red Devil'

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Glandularia (glan-doo-LAIR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: peruviana (per-u-vee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Devil

Synonym:Glandularia chamaedryfolia
Synonym:Verbena peruviana

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By simple layering
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative stormyla On Jul 3, 2008, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Even though this was rated for my zone, none of the plants made it through winter. It was nice while growing. They spread almost 30".

Positive usmcwife On Mar 11, 2007, usmcwife from Round Rock, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a pretty tough plant. I have it planted in my front yard in a rainbow egg rock garden, with other perennials and two species of cacti. The front of our house faces WNW and all of the plants suffer from the brutal Central Texas sun & heat. The leaves will burn and, sometimes the flowers will, too. If you water regularly, and feed with miracle grow, this woody, vine-like flower (it's little arms look like twigs) will spread out and attract butterflies. They LOVE them and will skip over all of the other flowers in my garden to walk on & taste my red verbena. The tiny flower clusters look like red velvet. I've done quite a bit of research on this plant. It's nicknames are 'Creeping Red' verbena, 'Red Vervain' and 'Peruvian Red' verbena. Until I visited this website, I had no idea that it was also called 'Red Devil' but, I suppose that's appropriate. Although this plant is a perennial, it's lifespan is short. Most of the time, the original plants will die off after three to seven years and replantings will be necessary. It does produce seeds but, my rock garden doesn't re-seed all that well. Do not confuse this plant with the 'Clear Red', 'Aztec Red' or 'Scarlet' annual versions. I have, before and I've been disappointed.

Positive CBernard On May 15, 2006, CBernard from Perris, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I agree with pokerboy. It is a wonderful addition to the garden.


Positive pokerboy On Nov 20, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

This verbena is a spreading evergreen perennial which in summer and autumn is almost completely covered in masses of bright red, turbular flowers. Great for rockeries, containers, borders and low maintainance gardens. Prefers moist well drained soil in full sun or part shade but tolerates a wide range of soils. Prune lightly after flowering to keep it neat and tidy and to maintain its nice compact growth. A great perennial ground cover to try. pokerboy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Perris, California
Carmel, Indiana
Houston, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia

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