Verbena stricta (Hoary Verbena)



Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols.Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 96. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc.

Where Commonly Found:  Meadows and fields, CT, MA, VT.
How to Identify:
(For unfamiliar words: Wikipedia Glossary of Botanical Terms).
Go Botany Key for Verbena stricta.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s description of Verbena stricta.  Click on more images.
Flower Type:  Stem terminate in flower spikes, 1″ – 8″ long, bloom from bottom up, with densely crowded lavender, or sometimes pink, flowers, few at a time.  Each flowers is 1/4″ across or more, with a short corolla and narrow opening, 5 spreading lobes, small calyx with narrow teeth.
Flower Time:  June to August
Leaf Arrangement:  Opposite leaves up to 4″ long and 3″ across on occasionally branching stems.
Leaf Type:  Oval-ovate or obovate, whitish green leaves, coved with fine white hairs, especially on the lower surfaces, and coarsely serrated margins
Height:  2′ – 4′
Seed Collection:  Four brown nutlets form per flower.

Attracts:  Bees and Butterflies
Use:   Naturalizing
Light:  Full Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 7   USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Dry to Moist
Notes:  A common clump-forming, short lived, meadow plant that will self-seeds to form scattered colonies topped with long-blooming pencil thin blue-purple panicles.  Noted as deer-resistant by UVM.
Native to:  Introduced and naturalized in VT, MA, CT, NY and parts of Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West US, native to much of the Midwest:  Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

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