Stachytarpheta sanguinea or False Vervain is a member of the Verbenaceae family, and is a hardy shrub that typically grows from 2 to 5 feet high. It bears small, red flowers and has deeply-serrated, dark green leaves that are favored by butterflies. Native to most parts of tropical America, False Vervain is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental plant for its beautiful blooms.
This plant is relatively easy to care for and tolerates diverse growing conditions. It prefers full sunlight or semi-shade and thrives with regular watering, though it can remain somewhat drought-tolerant. Its flowers produce plenty of nectar, bringing plenty of hummingbirds and butterflies to any garden - plus, they can be cut back after they wilt, to help keep the plant blooming through the warmer months.
For colder climates, False Vervain is best grown in a pot. To keep them healthy through the winter months, select a high-quality potting soil and apply mulch to help trap in moisture and keep the root system warm. Regular, consistent watering is also essential, as the soil can quickly dry out in cold weather, and the pot should be brought inside when temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Moving the pot in and out of warmer regions as needed will help to keep the plant blooming continuously.
Overall, False Vervain is a reliable, low maintenance plant that makes a dramatic impact with its unique foliage and vibrant flowers. With just a few simple steps of care, it can bear plenty of delicious seeds and bring beautiful blooms and plenty of hummingbirds and butterflies to any garden.