Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Verbena bracteata Lag. & Rodr. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Dennis W. Woodland

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kitty Kohout
Family Verbenaceae
Verbena bracteata Lag. & Rodr.
creeping vervain, large-bracted vervain, prostrate vervain
Verbena: ancient Latin name of the common European vervain
bracteata: Latin for "bracted"
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Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Native
Plant: creeping annual/biennial/perennial, 1"-20" tall forb; stems square
Flower: blue to purple, 5-parted, up to 1/8" wide, tubular; inflorescence up to 1/2" thick, terminal, hairy spike with many bracts; blooms May-Oct.
Fruit:4 linear, separating nutlets
Leaf:opposite, deeply pinnately-cut or 3-lobed leaf drawing
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Verbena list Google- Images or Text
Verbena bracteosa Michx.
Verbena imbricata Wooton & Standl.

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