Verbena urticifolia white vervain Verbenaceae VEUR; Bx, pb, sf, vc, wv (Yost et al. 1991); NY, hb, iw; Q, a, cu (Greller 1977), f, j; K, p; R, bk, c, js, mc, t, w, wp;

 

Verbena urticifolia.janet Novak.ct-botanical-society.org

Verbena urticifolia. © 2000 Janet Novak.ct-botanical-society.org.

Verbena urticifolia is an annual or perennial herb, erect, to 1.5 m tall, single stemmed, usually hairy, often branched from base. 

Leaves opposite, broadly lance-shaped to egg-shaped, to 8-20 cm long, margin, coarsely, often doubly, toothed. 

Flowers white, small, tubular, slightly irregular in long, thin, sparsely flowered spikes; blooms June-Aug. 

Fruit dry, small, 0.2 cm. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Native.

Habitat: Edges of wetlands, open areas or part-shade in good soil. 

Verbena urticifolia.Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky

Verbena urticifolia. © Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database/Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky (Both Accessed 5/2014).

Notes: Seeds eaten by songbirds, plants occasionally eaten by rabbits (Martin et. al. 1951).