Herb: Hoary Vervain

Latin name: Verbena stricta

Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

Medicinal use of Hoary Vervain:

The plant is thought to be specific for fever and ague. An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach aches.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Roadsides and other dry open places.

Edible parts of Hoary Vervain:

A tea-like beverage has been made from the leaves.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse or cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring. Basal cuttings in early summer. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Cultivation of Hoary Vervain:

Roadsides and other dry open places.

Known hazards of Verbena stricta:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.