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Hoary Vervain
Verbena stricta

Hoary Vervain is a short-lived perennial that readily self-seeds. Typically growing in clumps, its floral spikes bloom from the bottom up through the summer.

USDA symbol: VEST

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorPurple
Hoary Vervain (Hoary Vervain<div><em class="small">Verbena stricta</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceHigh
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJune to September
Larval Host ofBees, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedCalliopsis nebraskensis, Catabena lineolata, Crambodes talidiformis
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Rain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism3
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wabasha, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands