Hoary Verbena is one of the best summer blooming meadow plants anywhere! Tall with green fuzzy foliage, this becomes a rounded bush by mid-summer that tops itself in July with spikes of pinkish-lavender flowers. Prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Will thrive in dryish, sandy soils. Naturalizes by self-seeding to form colonies. It is a perennial that will continue to grow year after year. Many Butterfly species love the constant summer blooms!
The seeds of Blue Vervain were collected by some Native Americans, roasted and ground into a flour or meal. Central California Miwoks used the seed meal as an extensive food source. A tea made from the leaves was used as a remedy for stomach aches by northern plains Indians.