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Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain)

Hoary Vervain, Hoary Verbena, Tall Vervain, Woolly Verbena

Verbena stricta, Hoary Vervain, Hoary Verbena, Tall Vervain, Woolly Verbena, Purple summer flowers, Drought Tolerant plant

Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain) is a vigorous, clump-forming perennial boasting showy spires of small blue-purple flowers borne in pencil-like, terminal panicles. Blooming from late spring to fall, the blossoms open from the bottom upwards for a long-lasting display. Rich in nectar, they attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. They rise above the foliage of coarsely-toothed, gray-green leaves. Hoary Vervain is an attractive perennial for the wildlife garden or butterfly garden.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. high (60-120 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Will self-seed to form colonies where happy.
  • Performs best in full sun in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant , Verbena stricta thrives on dry soils and well-drained loamy soils.
  • Great for borders, meadows, prairies, native plant gardens or informal/naturalized areas.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Remove the spent flowering spikes to prevent undesired self-seeding.
  • Easily grown from seed.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Hoary Vervain, Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Washington, Southeast, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles 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 paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)
Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower)
Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbenaceae
Genus Verbena
Common names Hoary Vervain, Verbena
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Washington, Southeast, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Rocky Mountains, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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