Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

 
Verbena stricta - Hoary Vervain

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Verbena stricta - Hoary Vervain


Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range of Hoary Vervain.

Verbena stricta
Verbena stricta looking mighty fine!

Wildlife Significance - Verbena stricta 

Nectar Nourishes: green metallic bees, bee flies,  honeybees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees, cuckoo bees. leafcutter, long-horned bees

Nectar Source: Numerous butterflies including the Common Buckeye, Painted Lady American Lady and Eastern Tailed-Blue. Also several Skippers including:Pecks. Fiery, Silver

Seed- Enjoyed by songbirds


Host Plant: For caterpillar of Verbena Moth and Fine-lined Swallow Moth

Specialist Bee
-Verbena Bee collects pollen


Leaf texture - Rough, bitter and hairy leaves discourages mammals from grazing.


Deer - And other mamals tend to leave this native Ohio plant alone.


For detailed information on Hoary Vervain visit the
Illinois Wildflower website

Hoary Vervain
Hoary Vervain

Seed Provenance - Verbena stricta - Hoary Vervain Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2015 - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2017- Present

verbena stricta
Hoary Vervain - by Jim Wohl

Cultivation Information - Hoary Vervain



Height
-
1 to 2ft
Flower Color
-  Blue - Purple
Blooms - June -  September -
Soil -
Dry sandy sites

Sun - Full to part sun
Drought - Handles drought well

Hardy Zone - 3 to 8


Family - Verbenaceae


young verbena
2017 - How did I manage not to take pictures when they were flowering??
Hoary Vervain seedling
Hoary Vervain seeds started Fevruary 2015 picture taken April 13, 2016
Propagation Notes - Hoary Vervain

Experiment Fall 2017 - Hoary Vervain seed was cold, moist stratified in fall of 2016 (yes this is correct) and forgotten. As an experiment it was planted indoors in the fall of 2017. Urika! They sprouted! As of January 1, 2018 they are thriving under florescent lamps.

Fall 2015  - 60 Days Cold/moist storage - We use damp vermiculite and store in refrigerator. If you have space plastic containers would  be more sustainable. Seeds need light to germinate, so don't cover them with soil. Use spray bottle to keep seeds moist before germination occurs.

Self-seeds easily
- Maybe considered weedy, however I have not noticed that as of fall of 2017