Verbena Species, Hoary Vervain, Tall Vervain, Woolly Verbena

Verbena stricta

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



Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Itasca, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Yale, Iowa

Lake, Michigan

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Cole Camp, Missouri

Hudson, New Hampshire

Grassy Creek, North Carolina

Leesburg, Virginia

Appleton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


On Apr 27, 2009, tcs1366 from Leesburg, FL (Zone 9b) 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.


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!


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.