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Verbena urticifolia - L.
                 
Common Name White Vervain
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodlands, pastures, along streams, roadsides and waste areas[228].
Range Eastern N. America - Quebec and Ontario to North Dakota, south to Florida and Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Verbena urticifolia White Vervain


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Verbena urticifolia White Vervain
Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky.
   
Physical Characteristics
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Verbena urticifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Miscellany;  Restorative;  Women's complaints.

A decoction of the root is given to babies to break out the hives[207]. The sweetened root decoction is drunk as an aid for flu[207]. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of profuse menstruation[257]. The root has been eaten to revive a patient and restore them to health[257].
Other Uses
Miscellany.

None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained but moisture retentive soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Hardy to about -15°c[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse or cold frame[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Basal cuttings in early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Tiiu M.
Jul 23 2012 12:00AM
This plant is almost impossible to photograph in such a way that its charm is apparent. In fact, I have not seen one good photo of it on the net after an intensive search. Even 2 plants next to each other against a dark ground are magical. I currently have 2 blooming (July 23) that are 6' tall. There is a mass of flower spikes about 8" long and the overall effect is of a very delicate sparkler. The leaves suffer from powdery mildew but despite that I am going to use them next year in a wild border and grow them from seed.
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