ver·​be·​na | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈbē-nə How to pronounce verbena (audio) \

Definition of verbena

: vervain especially : any of numerous garden vervains of hybrid origin widely grown for their showy spikes of white, pink, red, or blue flowers which are borne in profusion over a long season — compare lemon verbena

Examples of verbena in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In west Sedona, the Roundabout Trail makes a short easy loop through juniper woodlands that features plump bouquets of blackfoot daisies, Gooding’s verbena and the neon blooms of hedgehog cactus. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 In April and May this can be a good wildflower hike with plump bouquets of blackfoot daisies, Goodding’s verbena and the neon blooms of hedgehog cactus brightening the forest. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021 Some exceptions are beebalm, sunflower, Salvia coccinea, verbena and firewheel. Calvin Finch,, 14 May 2020 This one features notes of pineapple, verbena, and coconut. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2020 Bright Green blends verbena, calendula, and ivy to cleanse the skin; the lavender-and-rosemary Pastel Blue promises to combat jet lag. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Feb. 2020 Iris, daylilies, shasta daisies, phlox, verbena and other spring blooming perennials can be divided and replanted at this time. Calvin Finch,, 28 Nov. 2019 Other wildflowers to consider are poppies, coreopsis, beebalm, Indian blanket, prairie verbena, phlox, coneflower, evening primrose, rain lilies, annual sunflower, Indian paintbrush and Mexican hat. Calvin Finch,, 6 Sep. 2019 The second must-have plant is almond verbena (Aloysia virgata). Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of verbena

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for verbena

borrowed from New Latin Verbena, a plant genus, going back to Medieval Latin verbēna "the plant Verbena officinalis," going back to Latin, "leafy branch used ceremonially or medicinally" — more at vervain

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“Verbena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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