Verbena rigida var. rigida

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb 0.2–0.4(–1) m high; branches scabrous, erect or ascending from a creeping rhizome. Leaves sessile, rigid, oblong-ovate or narrowly obovate, 4–12 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, glabrous, apex acuminate, base subcordate and partly clasping branch, margin coarsely and sharply serrate, often slightly revolute. Inflorescence a lax terminal corymb with long branches ending in a dense spike. Bracts conspicuously longer than calyx. Calyx 5-toothed, 4–6 mm long, glandular-pubescent or hirsute; corolla reddish-purple, pale lilac or blue-violet, 2–3 times as long as calyx, tube 8–10 mm long. Mericarps c. 2 mm long. Flowers throughout the year.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South America. A weed of moist ground, apparently uncommon in Victoria, recorded from the Yarra River between Warrandyte and Warburton, and Eildon Reservoir.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-11-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-20
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Verbenaceae
genus Verbena
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Verbena rigida var. rigida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Verbena rigida var. rigida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised