Beautiful Purple Verbena… it was something I hoped to make a mainstay in my wildflower garden because it is short, compact, blooms March through October, has purple flowers. What could go wrong? Well, it is a short lived perennial that shows up en masse, fills your heart with happiness, then every single one of them disappears for a year or three. The cruelty of it!
Purple Verbena requires little water and gets covered with these purple flower clusters. It is a heartbreaker when it disappears, it offers so much for so little attention.
I suppose that is the “wild” in wildflower. It has tamer cousins, but this beauty belongs to my food forest and is deer resistant but attracts birds, bees, and butterflies.
Not a food plant, it is bitter. It is a serious medicinal plant, and by tincture in tiny doses Purple Verbena is an effective nervine and endocrine modulator. It also is a thyroid modulator. Powerful stuff.
In addition, dried and powdered Purple Verbena mixed in lard is a traditional liniment for achy muscles from colds or flus, and tension in the neck and shoulders.
I am glad to see Purple Verbena back in the garden, the little heartbreaker.