Definition of vervain
: any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of chiefly American plants having bracted spicate flowers, a corolla with a 5-lobed limb, and a fruit that separates into four nutlets
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Sun: Full Soil moisture: Average to moist Height: Four to six feet Deer resistant: Yes Comments: Blue vervain is a traditional medicinal herb, with the roots, leaves or flowers used to treat conditions.
In the garden, blue vervain plants attract butterflies, bumblebees and other pollinators.
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Origin and Etymology of vervain
Middle English verveine “the plant Verbena officinalis,” borrowed from Anglo-French vervenne, verveyne, going back to Latin verbēna “leafy branch used ceremonially or medicinally,” going back to *verbes-na, derivative of an s-stem noun *verbes-, whence Latin verbera (plural) “bundle of sticks used for flogging, blows”; akin to Croatian & Serbian vŕba “willow,” Lithuanian virbas “twig, rod”
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Medical Definition of vervain
: any of a genus (Verbena of the family Verbenaceae, the vervain family) of plants including several (as V. hastata) formerly used as medicinal herbs
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