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Native Plant Society of Texas

Hoary Verbena

Verbena stricta

Other common name(s):

Hoary Vervain, Tall Vervain, Woolly Verbena

Family:

Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Cross Timbers, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Grand Prairie
Flatwoods

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Herbaceous

Height

1
to
6
ft.

Spread

1
to
1
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Annual

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand

Light Requirement

Sun

Water Requirement

Very Low, Low

Native Habitat

Grassland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Purple

Bloom Season

Summer

Seasonal Interest

Seeds, Nectar, Pollen

Wildlife Benefit

Caterpillars, Butterflies, Small Mammals, Bees

Maintenance

Cut stem before seeds form to control spreading, or leave them to feed wildlife if you have the garden space.

Comments

The 1-6 ft., hairy stem produces a terminal cluster of narrow, flowering spikes. Small lavender to blue flowers appear in a ring halfway down the ascending spike. A common invader of overgrazed pastures, this plant does not compete well in vigorous stands of native grasses. Seeds are consumed by small mammals and prairie-chickens.

References

1) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VEST, 2) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=32078#null, 3) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=23890&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 4) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Verbena+stricta&formsubmit=Search+Terms
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