Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Hoary Vervain
Verbena stricta
Verbenaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is thought to be specific for fever and ague[207].

    An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[257].

  • Edible Use

    A tea-like beverage has been made from the leaves[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a greenhouse or cold frame[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Basal cuttings in early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 – 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained but moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. Plants are often short-lived and sometimes only annual[60]. Hybridizes with V. hastata[200].
Central N. America – Ontario and Ohio to South Dakota and Wyoming, south to Tennessee and Texas.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.