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Strickland, Sam C.
Verbena canescens Kunth
USDA Symbol: VECA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , CA , NM , NV , TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Conditions Comments: The common name for this vervain refers to its gray foliage, which is right at home in a short meadow garden or as an accent in a small planting, such as in a pot. Grows well with four-nerve daisy, prairie fleabane, and winecups. Trim the old flower stalks to keep the plant blooming. Needs good drainage.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1064
Collected Mar 8, 1996 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-0105
Collected 2007-06-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-08-07
Research By: TWC Staff