Verbena stricta - Hoary Verbena
Verbena stricta - Hoary Verbena

Verbena stricta - Hoary Verbena

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Hoary Verbena
Verbena stricta

Hoary Verbena is one of the best summer-blooming meadow plants anywhere! Tall with green fuzzy foliage, this becomes a rounded bush by mid-summer that tops itself in July with spikes of pinkish-lavender flowers. Butterflies love the constant summer blooms! Tolerant of poor, dry soil and drought. Host plant for Buckeye butterflies.

  • Long blooming with showy spikes of summer color
  • Tolerates drought conditions
  • Lots of birds will flock to eat the winter seeds
  • Perfect for massing in a sunny garden
  • Easy to grow and trouble-free
  • A magnet for native butterflies

Native Range

Fields and prairies from Vermont south to Georgia and west into Washington with the exception of Florida, Louisiana, California and Oregon

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


Pollinators such as butterflies brush against the reproductive parts of plants moving pollen from one flower to another. This crucial act results in fertilization and seed set assuring food for birds and insects and future generations of plants!



Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Will thrive in dryish, sandy soils. Naturalizes by self-seeding to form colonies.


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

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Full Sun