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Monday - January 06, 2003

From: Louisville, KY
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Identification, Wildflowers
Title: Blue vervain native to Indiana
Answered by: Stephen Brueggerhoff

QUESTION:

I have a species I need to know if it is native to my area (southern Indiana) - Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)

ANSWER:

Verbena hastata (swamp verbena) is native to Indiana; it has a large distribution range, from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, s. to Florida, Kansas, New Mexico & California. It is not an aquatic plant, rather exists in moist prairies and damp thickets.

 

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Swamp verbena
Verbena hastata

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