Verbena hastata
Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena

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Butterfly FriendlyRain GardenPart ShadeBird Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Blue Vervain or Swamp Verbena
Verbena hastata

Tall, slender stems hold up 5 to 6 inch spikes of the most beautiful, lavender blue, flowers that bloom for several months! Some say the flower spikes are reminiscent of candelabras. The flowers attract butterflies and it is a host plant for the Common Buckeye butterfly.  Don’t cut them back before spring because Cardinals, Sparrows and Junco’s enjoy eating the seed. This is an easy perennial to grow in bright sun with moist soil. It looks especially nice in rain gardens or along a ponds edge. Amazingly, blue vervain is native to every state in the U.S.

BENEFITS
Attracts butterflies for several months each summer
Songbirds like Cardinals, Sparrows and Juncos eat the seed
This is a host plant for the Common Buckeye butterfly
A beautiful addition to a rain garden
Looks terrific grown at the pons edge between sedges and rushes
Flowers for nearly 3 months!
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Verbena hastata can be found in wet meadows, wet river bottomlands, stream banks and fields.

Interesting Facts

In ancient times the plant was thought to be a cure-all among medicinal plants. Blue vervain has been used by herbalists for over 3000 years in Europe, Africa and Asia.

GROWING TIPS

Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. It can be short lived but will reseed itself in good locations.

Mature Size: 4-6ft. Wide x 2-3ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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