"Hoary Vervain, Mullien-leaved Verbena, Wooly Verbena"
"Verbena is the Latin term for ""sacred herb"". Stricta is Latin for ""upright, erect"".
Distinctive square stem, grows to 3 feet. Plant is very hairy normally. Flowers vary from blue-violet to rose and occur in spikes at the top of the plant from late June to September. Spikes can be 8 inches long and bloom from the bottom up. Found in fields, thickets and ditches throughout the Tallgrass region.
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Dry Mesic, Dry|
Summer, Fall June, July, August, September
|Max Height||2 feet|
|Germ Code||C(60), D|
|Seeds Per Ounce||28,000|
"The seeds of Blue Vervain were collected by some Native Americans , roasted and ground into a flour or meal. Central California Miwoks used the seed meal as an extensive food source. A tea made from the leaves was used as a remedy for stomach aches by northern plains Indians. The tops of this plant persist through the hard northern winter months and provide a limited amount of food to birds.
Edible Uses: A tea-like beverage has been made from the leaves.
Medicinal Uses: "The plant is thought to be specific for fever and ague. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach aches.
Herbal Uses: Unknown