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Very dense spikes on long leafless stalks, 5 pinkish-purple petals.
A 4-parted nutlet.
The leaves are oblong, lobed and have toothed edges. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems and individual leaves can grow up to 10cm long.
The leaves and flowers can be eaten but shouldn't be eaten in high doses. Tea can be made from the leaves. Vervain contains a chemical called verbenalin which if consumed in high quantities can result in paralysis and other serious medical complications.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Countryman's Treacle, Enchanter's Plant, European Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb-of-the-cross, Holy Herb, Holywort, Juno's Tears, Mercury's Blood, Pigeon's Grass, Pigeonweed, Setywall, Simpler's Joy, Tears of Isis, Turkey Grass, Verbena.
Gardens, grassland, roadsides, scrub, sea cliffs, wasteland, woodland.