ver·​be·​na | \(ˌ)vər-ˈbē-nə \

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

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Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 Petunias, verbena, and calibrachoa all have bloomed their little hearts out and are now full of dead flowers or seed heads. Sally Mccabe,, "June 29-July 5: In the garden, it's time to…," 29 June 2018 Ultra Blue Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s love for the sea, this ultra-fresh, sporty scent starts off with cedrat lemon, bergamot, basil, and verbena that’s carried by the undulating salty mineral accord at the base. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Scent Memo for Spring: Citrus," 8 May 2018 Good fillers include salvias, verbenas, ornamental peppers, and wax begonias, as well as foliage plants like parsley or licorice plants. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 For late winter and early spring grow Salvia greggii, horse herb, phlox, verbena, coreopsis and blue curl (Phacelia). Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Attracting and producing butterflies in your landscape," 6 Apr. 2018 Seeds to start: Lobelia (20 days to germinate, seeds need light), snapdragons (10 days, seeds need light, cool), carnation (20), verbena (20), pelargonium, salvia and pansies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "You can start poppies and raspberry bushes from seed. Here’s how," 15 Mar. 2018 Irises, lupines, purple wisteria, tulips, dahlias, bluebells, daffodils, hyacinth, pansies, and pink verbena add color to the grounds. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's How You Can Get a Garden Exactly like Ina Garten's," 5 May 2017 Later in the month, lupines, malvas, salvias, pansies, violas, verbenas, carnations, cosmos, seed dahlias and godetia. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers ask: Seedlings, compost and overgrown orchids," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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