blue vervain

Verbena hastata

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Verbena hastata (American vervain, blue vervain or swamp verbena) is a flowering plant in the vervain family, Verbenaceae. It is a herb with opposite, simple leaves which have double-serate margins, borne on stiffly erect, branching square stems. The flowers appear in summer and are purple. This is a common plant that occurs across North America. They are hardy and drought resistant.

Swamp verbena 3

Swamp verbena is long with little purple flowers on it. Some tribes used it for certain injuries. They need moist soil, a lot of sun, and not that much water.

swamp verbena 3

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  1. (c) Dan Mullen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/8583446@N05/3796443149
  2. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbena_hastata
  3. (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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