Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 2-9
Start Verbena seeds and grow this flowering plant with numerous, pencil-like flower spikes that branch upwards like the arms of a candelabra. Commonly called Blue Vervain, some say the plant resembles a candelabra with blue flames! Each flower spike has a band of blue-purple flowers that begin opening at the bottom of the spike first, and then gradually open all the way to the top of the spike. Bumblebees are among the important pollinators of this important Verbena Blue Vervain. The tall thin spikes of Blue Vervain plants grace the wet meadows of the United States in late summer. Verbena hastata flowers are short-lived perennials that readily self-sow, and they can be found in wet meadows, wet river bottom lands, stream banks, slough peripheries, fields and waste areas.
Direct sow in late fall, pressing the seeds into the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination which usually occurs in 14-30 days. Water seedlings regularly until they become established. Mature plants tolerate some drought, but they will flourish with the occasional watering. If transplanting, harden off first and don't be surprised if the seedlings droop initially. They will recover as their roots become established in their new home. Sow 4-5 seeds per plant at 24" spacing.
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