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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Verbena bracteata Cav. ex Lag. & Rodr.
Bigbract verbena, Carpet vervain, Prostrate vervain
Synonym(s): Verbena bracteosa, Verbena imbricata
USDA Symbol: vebr
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Canada: AB
, 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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TXNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2008-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff