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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 4 - 9
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 24"H x 24"S
BLOOM: Violet, Summer

Availability: Spring 2020

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Vervain Plants

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.

Vervain, A Medicinal Herb

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. Attracts bees in the garden!

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!

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Wonderful! April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Sherron A Gerald from Hattiesburg, MS United States  
These plants came in vigorous condition, the leaves look beautiful.  They've already started growing, and I just planted them - great purchase!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Arrived so healthy. May 31, 2017
Reviewer: robert rutar from Marengo, IN United States  
My first time with this plant. I was attracted to it for it's purported medicinal value. Planted it where it receives morning sun until about noon. Bloomed within three days. Performs just as described if you pay attention to it. I've already tried the leaves and it IS bitter but I could get past that. Didn't notice a significant calming effect but don't know dosage. Very happy I tried this plant.

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  7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Attracts Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds March 13, 2017
Reviewer: Sharon Crowell-Davis from Athens, GA United States  
Vervain is a lovely plant that produce tall stalks covered with small purple flowers that the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love.  It's nice to sit on a garden bench and gaze at both the flowers and the insects.

It also makes a great, soothing tea. As a caution on preparation, a tea brewed from straight vervain is bitter.  I make mine palatable by mixing it approximately 50/50 with rose petals, then adding honey.   The tea has the relaxing effect it's famous for...just the opposite of my morning cup of Irish Breakfast black tea :-).  

I have found all the advice on how to keep it that is posted on the Grower's Exchange information section is correct.  Just add that vervain won't compete well against aggressive plants.  I am having to move my yarrow into a separate garden.

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