Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1597

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare south of VA

Look for it in marshes, bogs, low fields, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue/Violet
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed salverform corolla
4 stamens, attached to corolla tube
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Verbena hastata   FAMILY Verbenaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Verbena hastata var. hastata   FAMILY Verbenaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 162-01-008:
Verbena hastata   FAMILY Verbenaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Simpler's-joy


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image of Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Simpler's-joy

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0512

September    Henderson County    NC

Typically the spikes are stiffly erect; perhaps these suffered herbicide damage?

image of Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Simpler's-joy

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0515

September    Henderson County    NC

Leaves lanceolate to lance-ovate, coarsely doubly serrate, definitely petioled, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Simpler's-joy

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0531

September    Henderson County    NC

image of Verbena hastata, Blue Vervain, Common Vervain, Simpler's-joy

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0535

September    Henderson County    NC

Flowers and fruits distinctly overlapping in the upper part of the spikes, per Weakley's Flora (2020).