verbena

noun
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 Some exceptions are beebalm, sunflower, Salvia coccinea, verbena and firewheel. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to shade- and drought-tolerant groundcovers to replace your San Antonio lawn grass," 14 May 2020 This one features notes of pineapple, verbena, and coconut. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "20 incredible finds from Anthropologie's massive weekend-only sale," 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, "The Biggest Wellness Travel Trends: Sound Baths, Tickling Helmets, and More," 14 Feb. 2020 Iris, daylilies, shasta daisies, phlox, verbena and other spring blooming perennials can be divided and replanted at this time. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "The best living evergreen Christmas trees you can plant later in your San Antonio garden," 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, ExpressNews.com, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019 The second must-have plant is almond verbena (Aloysia virgata). Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "These two easy-to-grow perennials will attract tons of beneficial insects in your Texas garden," 6 Aug. 2019 The only other common name is sweet almond verbena, and everyone seems to agree with the one botanical name. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "These two easy-to-grow perennials will attract tons of beneficial insects in your Texas garden," 6 Aug. 2019 Twenty-two plants are included as nectar sources from bee balm and gaura to phlox and verbena. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Butterfly garden new attraction at Willow Fork Park," 2 July 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbena. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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