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Hoary Vervain

Verbena stricta
SKU: HC017890
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Verbena stricta (Hoary Vervain) is a beautiful native wildflower, with blue-violet flowers blooming from the bottom up on tall flower spikes in mid-summer that attract bees and butterflies. Ovate leaves are covered with whitish hairs, giving the foliage a silvery color and soft texture. Will naturalize and spread easily by reseeding. The seeds are a favorite food for seed-eating songbirds.
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Botanical Name
Verbena stricta
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Native, Attracts Butterflies, Long Bloom Time, Naturalizes, Mass Plantings, Erosion Control
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early fall


This beautiful native wildflower blooms with blue-purple flowers blooming from the bottom up on tall flower spikes in mid-summer. The plant has a wide native range across the US, found primarily in the East and Midwest. It is a larval host plant for the Common Buckeye Butterflies, and a good nectar source for native bees. Hoary vervain enjoys a full sun planting spot, is drought tolerant, and can grow in a wide range of soil types. It thrives in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils, and tolerates dry sandy soils. Hoary Vervain is relatively short-lived, but can easily grow from seed, and will spread by self-seeding; leave flowers after they’re done blooming to encourage re-seeding, or, remove spent flowers to prevent unwanted self-seeding. Plant it with Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua), and Goldenrod (Solidago).
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