Verbena, Bracted - Verbena bracteata

(Bracted Vervain, Bigbract Verbena, Prostrate Vervain, Carpet Vervain)

Family: (Verbenaceae) - Native


On the church wall (N35D32'59.598 X W105D41'21.287)

Flowers first observed: 6/7/17

Plant w/Flowers

The Flowers


"It is native to North America where it is widespread, occurring throughout the continent except for northern Canada and southern Mexico. It occurs in many types of habitat, especially disturbed areas, where it grows as a common weed; it typically blooms between the months of May and October.[3] This annual or biennial herb[4] produces several hairy, spreading stems up to 30 centimeters long forming a low mat on the ground. The hairy leaves are toothed or lobed. The inflorescence is a spike of flowers which is dense with long, pointed, leaflike bracts each up to 8 millimeters long. Each small tubular flower is about half a centimeter wide and white to pale purple in color.[5]" (Wikipedia)


"Creeping hairy stems grow to 18" long with hairy, lobed leaves. Tiny flowers grow in dense spikes at the end of the stems and have stiff, hairy bracts. As the flowers are replaced by nutlets the stem elongates." (Rocky Mountains Flora)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"Navajo, Ramah Ceremonial Medicine Plant used in ceremonial chant lotion. Dermatological Aid Poultice of plant applied to centipede bite. (Moerman 591)

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