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Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata is a Wisconsin Native perennial forb that is found throughout the US. It forms lovely candelabra-like spikes of tiny blue-purple flowers that rise above neighboring plants. An easy-to-grow wildflower, it adds a lovely vertical accent. Because of its extended bloom time (from July-September), it is an important food source for birds and pollinators even after many other summer flowers have passed. It tolerates wet soil and so makes a beautiful addition to rain gardens. In the wild it is found in wet meadows, river bottomlands, stream banks, and slough edges.

A Native, Naturally! Forb, it prefers full sun in rich, moist to wet soil.

Image courtesy of Prairie Nursery.