Plant Database

Welcome to our Plant Photo Gallery and Database. Explore, discover and learn from a collection of regularly updated descriptions, photographs and herbarium vouchers (pressed images) of diverse flora found at the three Santa Fe Botanical Garden sites.

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Verbena hastata
Swamp verbena, Blue vervain
Verbenaceae - Vervain / Verbena
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
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  • Helen Woody

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Plant in bloom in field

Description
The stems and foliage are roughly hairy. Leaves are lance-shaped with toothed margins. It typically forms colonies in the wild.
Mature Size
3 to 5 ft.
Flower Color
Blue, Purple
Bloom
August. The flowers are a showy blue to purplish or pink, in straight spikes. Flowers on each spike bloom bottom to top, only a few at a time.
Interesting Facts
It is found in wet meadows, marshes and raparian habitats throughout the United States.
Traditional and Medicinal Uses
Seeds are eaten by wildlife. It has been used to reduce early stage fevers, reducing chest and throat congestion and insomnia. A tea can be made and applied topically to sore areas.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Sites
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
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