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Verbena urticifolia, White vervain

Scientific name:  Verbena urticifolia L.
Common name:  White vervain
Family:  Verbenaceae, Verbena family

Verbena urticifolia, White vervain

Life form:  Perennial
Stems:  3-6' (1.8m) tall, 4-angled, densely covered with long spreading hairs
Leaves:  Opposite leaves up to 6" long and 2¼" across; lanceolate to ovate, coarsely serrated along their margins; leaves look similar to those of Urtica
Inflorescence:  Panicle of floral spikes; only a few flowers are open on each spike at a time
Flowers:  White corolla with 5 rounded lobes and a tubular green calyx with 5 lanceolate teeth
Fruits / pods:  Nutlets, oblongoid and flattened
Flowering Period:  July, August, September
Habitat:  Disturbed habitats, floodplain, forest edges, forests, meadows and fields

Verbena urticifolia, White vervain


Derivation of the botanical name:
Verbena, an ancient Latin name of the common European vervain.
urticifolia, leaves look similar to those of Urtica.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Verbena urticifolia, White vervain


Verbena urticifolia, White vervain


 
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