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PlantFiles: Hoary Vervain
Verbena stricta

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

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
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

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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Profile:

3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Rickwebb On Feb 25, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

A pretty native forb that I've seen in prairie restorations in northern Illinois and central Wisconsin. Also used in a native garden in central Wisconsin. Looks like an easy perennial to grow in a garden.

Positive tcs1366 On Apr 27, 2009, tcs1366 from Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm assuming it was a second year bloomer, as they were Winter Sown in `07 but I did not notice the flowers until `08. Nice addition to a Cottage Garden. For me, it grows in arid conditions - only gets water provided by Mother Nature.

Neutral Lady_fern On Oct 17, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very easy from seed. Gets large and blooms the first year like an annual.

Good cut flower if you need some spikes in your bouquet!

The grayish cast of the leaves is a nice complement to surrounding greenery. A very vertical plant unless it's in too much shade!

Positive Equilibrium On Dec 9, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

Nice upright showy North American native plant. Sometimes this plant only has one flower spike but frequently has multiples. It can grow to 3' given ideal conditions which I evidently have as mine are all around 3' tall. My plants are in a prairie/meadow type clearing on the property that has somewhat damp but not dry soil.

These plants can be short-lived and are sometimes only an annual.

They hybridize with Verbena hastata so identification can be challenging.

Regional...

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

Edgewater, Colorado
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Oak Park, Indiana
Lake, Michigan
St Cloud, Minnesota
Cole Camp, Missouri
Hudson, New Hampshire
Grassy Creek, North Carolina
Leesburg, Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin



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