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Vervain

Verbena officinalis

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Verbenaceae (Verbena)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Very dense spikes on long leafless stalks, 5 pinkish-purple petals.
Fruit:
A 4-parted nutlet.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
Scentless.
Other Names:
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.
Habitats:
Gardens, grassland, roadsides, scrub, sea cliffs, wasteland, woodland.