Purple Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

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 (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Purple Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

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.

 

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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