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

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Recent Examples on the Web Iris, daylilies, shasta daisies, phlox, verbena and other spring blooming perennials can be divided and replanted at this time. Calvin Finch,, "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,, "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 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias (many different species and cultivars), Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica) and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies into your garden this summer. Dan Gill,, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019 Yerba buena, lavender, lemon balm, orange thyme and verbena to help with sleep. Sherry Stern, Orange County Register, "Great Escape: It’s always inn season at Rancho Bernardo," 14 June 2019 The dinner started with a salad made with radishes, carrots, broad beans, stracciatella and verbena oil., "Kate Middleton Recycles Off-the-Shoulder Gown (and Sports Sparkling Heels!) for Glam Night Out," 12 June 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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The first known use of verbena was in 1562

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19 Dec 2019

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“Verbena.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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