Verbena bracteata Cav. ex Lag. & Rodr.
Bigbract verbena, Carpet vervain, Prostrate vervain
Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)
Synonym(s): Verbena bracteosa, Verbena imbricata
USDA Symbol: vebr
A low, prostrate plant, much-branched from the base, with hairy stems and pinnately lobed leaves. Square stems grow from 12-16 in. long. Dense, pubescent spikes of pale-blue to purple flowers occur at branch ends.
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , BC , ON , SK
Native Distribution: FL to TX, CA & Mex., n. to s.e. VA, WI & B.C.; adventive to New England
Native Habitat: Waste places; roadsides; fields
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various drier soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Verbena bracteata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Verbena bracteata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Verbena bracteata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff