The Sandpaper verbena gets its name from its rough textured leaves that feel like sandpaper when touched. It is a low spreading perennial with unique flattened stems and deep purple flowers in the spring. It can reach 8-12 in. high, 3-4 ft. across in 2-3 years time.
The Sandpaper verbena is native to South America, but shows wide adaptability to Inland Empire gardens when planted in sunny and warm locations. It grows well on banks, along walks and among rocks in southwestern and Mediterranean style gardens, and can be clipped in the winter to maintain its size. It is a colorful perennial that grows best for 3-5 years for its floral impact.