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FutureStarrA Where Does Blue Vervain Grow
Blue Vervain is an excellent cut flower. It makes great ‘filler’ in bouquets. So, if you have a variety of flowers that overlap in bloom times, you can make a beautiful bouquet, using this to fill gaps, etc. We have cut flowers nearly all summer, and make some stunning bouquets with Echinacea, False Sunflower, and others – but mixing in Blue Vervain. The clusters of small purple spikes add interest and really fill out the bouquet. DON’T FORGET TO PIN IT FOR LATER
Blue Vervain has a long history of use across Europe and into North Africa and western Asia. The ancient Druids of Ireland considered Vervain to have supernatural powers and held it in high esteem. Other cultures to have included Blue Vervain in their pharmacopeias included the Egyptians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and British. Later on, Dr. Edward Bach included Vervain in his 38 flower remedies to promote balance of body and mind. Blue Vervain has traditionally been used for a wide range of imbalances, including colds, coughs, flus and more. Blue vervain had many uses in First Nation’s culture as food and medicine. The seed are edible when roasted and is ground into a powder (although they are somewhat bitter to taste). Leaves can be made into a tea or tossed into salads, soups, etc. The root can be collected all year round. The flowers can be tossed on top of a salad and eaten. (Dried, powdered flowers were once used as a snuff for nosebleeds.
Blue Vervain is a 3' to 6' tall native perennial that is usually found growing in wet meadows, moist old fields, wet stream bottoms, around slough edges, and in moist waste areas. The plant features spike-like inflorescences of erect spikes of small showy 1/8" wide tubular,five lobed, blue flowers. Blue Vervain is primarily a wetland species and requires moist to wet soils and does best in full sun. Its native distribution covers all the lower 48 states. It is easy to establish and is a good plant for water features, ditches, retention areas, pond edges, and wetland restoration projects. Blue Vervain was used for a variety of ailments by Native Americans and it is a great pollinator conservation planting species.Naturally occurring in the wet soils of native wetlands, streamsides and pond edges, Blue Vervain is a fast growing biennial that grows well in the garden as well. Growing up to five feet tall, its deep blue flower spikes bloom from the bottom up in the heat of mid-summer of its second year of growth, producing a candelabra-like appearance to this graceful wildflower. The seeds it generates are favoured by many types of birds and it a larval host plant for the Common Buckeye butterfly. Verbena hastata is very easy to grow from seed. (Source: www.wildflowerfarm.com)