General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 1-2 inches
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Small hairy capsule containing up to 4 nutlets
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Prostrate Vervain
  • Bigbract Verbena
  • Bracted Vervain
  • Common Vervain
  • Carpet Vervain
  • Large Bracted Vervain

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Location: East Canyon State Park, Morgan County, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-07-29

Credit NPS

Credit NPS
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Jul 23, 2015 8:16 AM concerning plant:
    Last year, I discovered Prostrate Vervain when it was growing in the newly seeded grass around the garage. At first, I pulled it because it wasn't grass. Then I decided to get an ID. Ah, native to the U.S., so I gladly left it alone. It would make a nice textured ground cover among the grasses.

    This year, I found out it is kind of lively, popping up in places where it wasn't before. For the most part it is left alone because native plants feed native insects. The only ones that get pulled are within the produce gardens.

    This plant seems to do equally well in wet or dry soils and sun or part shade. We have clay soil here and that hasn't slowed this down.

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