Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Blue vervain
verbena hastata
Location: Rain garden @ nw corner
This is a slender, but erect, native perennial plant that is up to 5' tall. The flowers are often a pretty blue or violet, but they are quite small. Blue Vervain is easy to identify because it is the only vervain with elegant spikes of flowers in this color range. Various songbirds occasionally eat the seeds, including the Cardinal, Swamp Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Slate-Colored Junco (during the winter). The soil should consist of a fertile loam or wet muck. This plant tolerates standing water, if it is temporary. This is a good plant to locate near a small river or pond in a sunny location.
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Genus: Verbena (Verbena or vervain)
Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena or vervain)
Order: Lamiales (lamiales)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)