~500 Hoary Vervain seeds, Verbena stricta, 1/2 gram
AKA Wolly Vervain; this short lived perennial can grow 2.5 to 3.5 feet tall with light blue/violet to pinkish flowers atop floral spikes. Native to most of America. The leaves are light green to gray and commonly feel fuzzy to the touch. It is adapted to a wide range of soils and environments. This species is favored by bees and butterflies. Vervain is hardy in zones 3-8 and is a short-lived herbaceous perennial that readily reseeds, forming non-aggressive clumps.
Vervain is an astringent, diuretic, alterative, emetic, antispasmodic, nervine and diaphoretic. Internally, this herb is phenomenal at reducing any stress-related ailment, from tension headaches and migraines to IBS and insomnia.
This verbena prefers full sun and does well in many soil types and is often found even in poor, dry, sandy soils or soils with some clay. It prefers medium to dry conditions and is drought tolerant.
Starting Hoary Vervain Seeds:
Hoary vervain seeds will grow readily but only after 60 days of cold stratification (or sow in the fall/winter for natural stratification). After they are cold stratified (mix with moist sand/vermiculite or a damp paper towel and place in a baggie in refrigerator), surface sow them and keep them moist. These seeds need light to germinate so do not cover the seed. Space or thin plants to about one foot apart.