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Our Price: $5.95
ZONE: 4 - 9
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 24"H x 24"S
BLOOM: Violet, Summer

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Description Briscoe's Tips

Verbena officinalis

Vervain, a cousin to Lemon Verbena, has a long medicinal history and is well steeped in religious connotation and superstition. Originally thought to have been introduced by the Puritans to early America, Vervain is now a common wild growing plant in North America. Preferring sunny locations that are moist but not soggy, this bitter herb emits no distinct aroma from its small, pale lavender blooms.

Held in high regard by many religions and ancient cultures, Vervain is considered a sacred herb and has often been associated with enchantment. Ancient Romans used Vervain to cleanse temples and altars and spread it about their homes and gardens to incur prosperity. Celtic Druids mixed Vervain with other sacred herbs to create a prophetic drink that allowed them clarity and the ability to commune with spirits.Vervain is also known as "Herb of the Cross" as it is believed by Christians that it helped stop Jesus Christ's bleeding wounds after crucifixion.

The plant's antispasmodic, astringent and sedative properties made it popular as a traditional medicinal herb. Used as a general cure-all for ailments ranging from colds and depression to increasing lactation in nursing mothers and easing the pains of childbirth, Vervain has been an important herb for centuries. Though the plant is beneficial in some ways for women because it induces menstrual cycles, it should not be taken by pregnant women as it contracts the uterine walls, often resulting in a miscarriage. Taken in tea or tablet form, modern medicine has proven Vervain is a great sedative and relieves anxiety effectively.

Zones: 4 - 9

Size: 24"H x 24"S

Light: Full to Part Sun

Bloom: Violet, Summer

Uses: Vervain has long been revered by many religions as a sacred herb for the beliefs that it cleanses areas of bad spirits, can heal wounds and help foresee the future. The real magic of this herb is found in its medicinal applications as it is an effective sedative, astringent and antiseptic.

Tips: Vervain prefers a sunny location and likes moisture but will rot if left growing in standing water, so do not over saturate!

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

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