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PlantFiles: Texas Vervain
Verbena halei

Family: Verbenaceae (ver-be-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verbena (ver-BEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: halei

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral jameso On Jun 28, 2012, jameso from Longview, TX wrote:

The flowers are smaller than most verbena I've seen but I've still seen a lot of butterflies on the plants.

Positive htop On Jul 23, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also known as slender verbena and Texas verbena, Texas vervain blooms in late March or early April through August and then starts tapering off. Texas vervain is a tall, spindly plant which has small, about 1/4" wide, light purple flowers that start forming along the stem gradually move up the lengthening stem as the plant grows. The flowering stems get to be over six inches long and have a small bunch of blossoms at any given time. Texas vervain grows to about two feet tall and by the end of summer can look pretty straggly as the lower leaves die. The long stems bearing the seeds then start to fall over in all directions. It is very heat and drought tolerant. The individual plants rarely live more than a few years and die during their second or third winter; but, it reseed freely. Texas vervain is known to have medicinal properties.

Positive frostweed On Feb 28, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Texas Vervain, Verbena halei, is native to Texas and other States. It is a lovely plant with little lavender flowers that bloom all summer. They are great for the wildflower garden where they come up every year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arlington, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Garland, Texas
Lake Dallas, Texas
Longview, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas

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