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Common Name: Vervain, Verbena
Botanical Name: Verbena X hybriba (ver-BEE-na X HI-brid-a)
Decorative Life: 2-4 plus weeks depending on environment.
Post Harvest Care
- When light and other environmental conditions are improper, leaf yellowing and/or flower fall are common.
Harvest Instructions: Plugs can be stored for 1 week in the dark (1 week in light) at 45F and subsequently grown into very acceptable plants and/or flowers. Treatment with a growth retardant (paclobutrazol or uniconazol) is recommended to prevent stem lodging (falling over) after transplanting outdoors. These chemicals did not otherwise influence flower and cluster number or size.
- Member of Verbenaceae (vervain family).
- Mostly tropical Americas in origin.
- Common relatives include lantana, lemon verbena and clerodendrum.
- Classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
- Flowers rounded, in flat clusters 2-3 inches wide at stem ends.
- Stems trailing, leaves oblong, 2-4 inches long. As such, often used in hanging baskets.
- Flowers not fragrant.
Availability: Year-round but mostly used in the summer.
Flower Color: Mostly bicolors, blue, lilac, red, white and/or yellowish.
- Verbena: ancient Latin name for the common European vervain, V. officinalis.
- Some favorite cultivars and their flower color are 'Pink Shades', 'Blue with Eye' (blue bicolor), 'Mauve Shades' (rose bicolor), 'Heirloom Blue', 'Heirloom Mango', Babylon Neon Rose' and 'Babylon Lilac'.
- Common name Vervain is supposed to be derived from the Celtic words "fer" (to remove) and "faen" (stone), referring to its use in treating bladder stones.
- Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better.
- The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology lists this species as an allergy-safe pollen producing plant.