Verbena, also known as Vervain, is a genus of more than 100 species in the family Verbenaceae, native to Asia and America.
Verbena has beautiful, tiny flowers grouped into rounded clusters. This drought and heat tolerant plant is great for beds, borders, hanging baskets and rock gardens. It is also good for planting in cracks between stones and walls.
“Verbena” is a latin name for sacred plants used in religious ceremonies.
The common name “Vervain” is believed to be derived from from the ancient Celtic words “fer”, which means “to remove”, and “faen”, meaning “stone”, referring to its reputation for curing kidney stones.
Verbena is a symbol of romance and sweet memories. Its flowers are so sweet and dainty, and look very romantic on every special occasion.
Verbena also represents holiness, divinity and faith. Sometimes known as the “Holy Plant”, Vervain has been treated as a sacred plant since ancient times. Egyptians believed it first sprung from the tears of the goddess Isis, and both Greeks and Romans had great faith in its miraculous properties and the ability to drive away evil spirits. These views are strengthened by the Christian belief that this plant was used to stop the bleeding of Christ’s wounds when he was taken down from the cross.
Vervain has also been associated with protection, healing, creativity and happiness. It has been admired and used for its medicinal and even magical qualities. Today, there is no doubt about its medicinal effects which are numerous.
Interesting facts about Verbena
Verbena in Christianity
In Christianity, it is believed that Verbena was used to treat Jesus wounds after his removal from the cross.
Benefits and Uses
Verbena is a good remedy for treating menstrual problems, bronchitis, migraines, kidney stones, infections, arthritis, gout, diarrhea, cramps, anxiety and insomnia. It is also considered as a remedy for recovering after a long illness. The plant has analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory powers and can be used as a laxative. It is thought to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety and insomnia, although it has not been scientifically proven that it has such an effect.
Verbena is used in various products such as lotions, cream and tea.
Verbena Plant Data
The blooms come in shades of purple, red, pink and white.
Verbena grows from 7 cm to 180 cm (3 inches to 6 ft) tall, depending on species.
This plant prefers moist, but well drained soil. It is not particular about soil pH, but it grows best in soil with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0.