Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

Verbena stricta - Hoary Vervain
Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

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

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.

For detailed information on Hoary Vervain visit the
Illinois Wildflower website

Hoary Vervain
Seed Provenance - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2015 -Nodding Onion Gardens - 2017
verbena stricta
Image by Jim Wohl

Cultivation Information

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

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 - 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