Verbena hastata
(Blue Vervain)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Blue Vervain, Swamp Verbena, American Blue Vervain
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Verbena hastata, or Blue Vervain, is native to the enitre continental United States. It grows in moist soil, like wet prairies, ditches, pond and lake margins, swales and woodland edges. It blooms in mid to late summer, with a host of small purple-blue flowers.

This species is most like its cousin Verbena urticifolia, which has a very similar habitat, but it can be distinguished by its narrower leaves, and when in bloom, by its smaller, tighter grouped flowers which are purple, not white.

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