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Verbenaceae - Vervain / Verbena
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
DescriptionThe stems and foliage are roughly hairy. Leaves are lance-shaped with toothed margins. It typically forms colonies in the wild.
Mature Size3 to 5 ft.
Flower ColorBlue, Purple
BloomAugust. The flowers are a showy blue to purplish or pink, in straight spikes. Flowers on each spike bloom bottom to top, only a few at a time.
Interesting FactsIt is found in wet meadows, marshes and raparian habitats throughout the United States.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesSeeds are eaten by wildlife. It has been used to reduce early stage fevers, reducing chest and throat congestion and insomnia. A tea can be made and applied topically to sore areas.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve