Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Host Plant: Common Buckeye Butterfly

Nectar Plant: many insects

Flower Color: Lavender

Growth Habit: Herbaceous plant that grows to 2-4 feet tall

Range in North America: Most of North America

Exposure: Full sun, but can tolerate partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Soil Requirements: Medium to dry, drought tolerant

Hoary Verbena, Tall Vervain, and Woolly Verbena

Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta), a member of the Verbenaceae (Verbena Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 4 feet tall and blooms in the spring and summer with blue/purple flowers.

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Common Buckeye on flower – Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Bees also use this plant as a nectar source.

Hoary Vervain is found in open areas such as fields, roadsides, and meadows.  It is native mostly to the midwestern part of North America.

The genus name comes from the Latin names for religious ceremonies and the species name means upright (Missouri Botanical Garden).

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