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Hillside Vervain

Verbena neomexicana

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 1-3'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season March-October
Flower Color Lavender/purple
Minimum Temperature Range 10-20 °F
Leaf Description Heavily serrated, covered in rough hairs
Fruit Small nutlet (tiny, hard seeds) in groups of 4
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Elevation Range 2000-6000 ft.
Ethnobotany Teas or tinctures of verbena were used to calm nerves and anxiety, also used to ease respiratory issues.
Description This wildflower is found on well draining slopes and rocky hillsides. Hillside vervain is not common in the nursery trade, but it deserves to be more widespread in cultivation. This is similar to Goodding's verbena (Glandularia gooddingii) except that the flowers are borne on the tips of tall skinny stalks which rise out of a basal rosette of rough, hairy leaves. Plant in well draining soil with other wildflowers such as red dome blanket flower (Gaillardia pinnatifida), chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata), and blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leaucanthum)