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Blue Vervain: A Grower's Guide

Blue Vervain: A Grower's Guide

  1. Johan73
    The blue vervain, or Verbena hastata, is the most popular Verbena today, but its European cousin, V. officinalis, known simply as ‘vervain,’ also has medicinal properties and is used widely. If collecting seed locally, get a positive identification on the plant, because blue vervain also has several wild relatives in the Great Plains, including hoary vervain (V. stricta), narrow-leaved (V. simplex), pink (V. pumila), nettle-leaved (V. urticifolia), and fanleaf (V. plicata). The Dakota name for blue vervain translates as the word “medicine,” and the Omaha and Ponca name translates as “herb medicine.”

    Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.

    Retrieved 7/12/09 from http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/hort2/mf2606.pdf