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Hoary Vervain

Scientific name

Verbena stricta


Hoary Vervain is a perennial wildflower species that can grow up to 1 m in height. The leaves are oppositely arranged, grayish green colored, ovate shaped, have toothed margins, and covered in hairs. The flowers are lavender colored, appear in clusters on flowering spikes, and bloom between May and September. The flowers bloom from the bottom of the spike first, opening up toward the tip. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species , including bees and butterflies. This plant grows easily from seed.

Planting conditions

Hoary Vervain grows best in normal to dry conditions with full sun exposure. It prefers well-drained sandy or loam soil types. It is tolerant of drought and shallow rocky soil. This wildflower can be naturally found in prairies, rocky fields, roadside ditches, and along sunny upland shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 0.5 m