Also known as Herb of Grace and Herba Sacra. In England, Vervain is found by roadsides and sunny pastures. It was brought to America by the Puritans. Somewhat undistinguished in appearance, vervain has tiny pale lilac flowers borne on slender spikes above lance-like serrated leaves. The name Verbena was the Roman name generalized for altar plants, and for this species in particular. Vervain is of very old traditional use by druids, magicians, priests, and ancients. Its uses have encompassed a range of magical, ritualistic, medicinal, and even aphrodisiac applications. (Verbena officinalis)
Medicinal: The aerial parts are used. The plant has a slightly bitter, astringent cooling quality. In China it is known as Ma Bian Cao where it is used for treatment of fevers of influenza and malaria. In western herbal medicine, vervain is used as a poultice to treat wounds and sores, as a mouthwash for mouth ulcers and gum disease. Used as a nervine to strengthen the nervous system while relaxing tension and stress. Harvest: Should be harvested before flowering and dried quickly.
Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 4-8. Stratify for 2-4 weeks. A light-dependent germinator. Germination at 70°F in 21-30 days. Transplant in spring. Full sun. Grows 24" high. Space 9"apart.
Packet: 0.50 g