Is vervain and verbena the same?
Vervain, also known as verbena, Verbena officinalis, and herb of the cross, is a perennial herb native to Europe and Asia (1). The plant belongs to the Verbenaceae family and has lobed, toothed leaves, and silky, pale-purple flowers.
What is the health benefits of Vervine?
Although vervain has no scent, alternative practitioners believe that vervain has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties beneficial to one's health. Vervain is also referred to as American blue verbena, simpler's joy, holy herb, mosquito plant, and wild hyssop.
When do you plant blue vervain?
Plant blue vervain seeds directly outdoors in late autumn. Cold temperatures break the dormancy of the seeds so they are ready to germinate in spring. Cultivate the soil lightly and remove weeds. Sprinkle the seeds over the surface of the soil, then use a rake to cover the seeds no more than 1/8 inch (3 ml.)
When do you plant verbena?
Seeds can be sown directly in the ground in spring, or you can start them off under glass in late-winter, and plant them outside later. For best results grow Verbena bonariensis in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil.
How far apart do you plant verbena?
Space plants about 10 inches apart. Verbena needs little additional fertilizer other than spring compost. Grow verbena so plants are watered once the soil is dry to encourage flowering during hot periods.
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