Petrea, Sandpaper Vine

March 2009 Featured PlantPetrea

Petrea, Sandpaper VineFamily: Verbenaceae, also relative to Verbena

Description: Long plumes of violet star shaped flowers

Perennial: Native to West Indies, Mexico and India

Soil: Not Fussy, likes it dry

Sunlight: Full sun

Uses: The purple plumes of blooms are a real show stopper, easy to grow and propagate by cuttings, or self seeds, leaves does feel like sand paper. Flowers after the rain.

Propagation: Cut back to keep in shape and encourage new blooms.