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Verbena hastata (American Blue Vervain)

American Blue Vervain, American Simpler's Joy, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Wild Hyssop, Swamp Verbena

Verbena hastata, American Blue Vervain, American Simpler's Joy, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Wild Hyssop, Purple summer flowers, Drought Tolerant plant
Verbena hastata, American Blue Vervain, American Simpler's Joy, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Wild Hyssop, Purple summer flowers, Drought Tolerant plant
Verbena hastata, American Blue Vervain, American Simpler's Joy, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Wild Hyssop, Purple summer flowers, Drought Tolerant plant
Verbena hastata, American Blue Vervain, American Simpler's Joy, Blue Vervain, Ironweed, Wild Hyssop, Purple summer flowers, Drought Tolerant plant

Verbena hastata (American Blue Vervain) is a tall, upright, clump-forming perennial adorned with spikes of small lavender purple flowers on tall, branched, candelabra-like stems. Blooming from early summer to fall, the blossoms open from the bottom upwards for a long-lasting display. Bumblebees are among the important pollinators. They attract butterflies and birds as well. They rise above the foliage of lance-shaped, sharply-toothed, green leaves. An attractive perennial for the wildlife garden, the border, along streamsides, and at pond edges.

  • Grows up to 2-5 ft. high (60-150 cm) and 1-3 ft. wide (30-90 cm). May self-seed in gardens where happy.
  • Performs best in full sun in average, moist but well-drained soils. The plant tolerates loamy or wet mucky soils and temporary standing water. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for borders, meadows, prairies, native plant gardens, rain gardens, or informal/naturalized areas.
  • Virtually pest and disease-free.
  • Propagate by seed, division, or softwood cuttings.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Blue Vervain, Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’ (Cedros Island Verbena)
Verbena lasiostachys (Western Vervain)
Verbena halei (Texas Vervain)
Glandularia maritima (Beach Verbena)
Glandularia bipinnatifida (Prairie Verbena)
Glandularia canadensis (Rose Vervain)

Recommended Companion Plants

Echinacea (Coneflower)
Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Blue Vervain, Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 30" (80cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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