Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata) seeds, Organic

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Family:  Vervain (Verbenaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7

(American Blue Vervain, Swamp Verbena) Upright yet creeping, self-seeding herbaceous perennial native to the Eastern US.  Bright blue flowers on reddish-tinted plants, in multiple, long-lasting, handsome spikes.  Fresh or dried leaf is the part used.  Traditional usage: indigestion, colds, and fevers.  A good ingredient for home brew, it is also a traditional offering plant to honor the garden spirits.  Plants prefer full sun to part shade and moist garden soils.  Good drainage is not a necessary prerequisite.  If there is a concern that the plant will spread, then keep it in a pot, or provide other suitable barriers, and cut back the flowers after peak display.  Sow in the early spring or give 2 weeks cold conditioning by putting seeds in moist medium in a plastic bag in the fridge (not freezer) and then sow in warm soil.  Barely cover and tamp.  Germ in 2 to 4 weeks.  Space plants 2 feet apart.       .

Packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~3,500 seeds
5 g contains ~17,500 seeds
10 g contains ~35,000 seeds
Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Steph (verified owner)

    Hello! What is considered early Spring in Salem, Massachusetts? To direct sow. Or could start in pots indoors if needed. Trying to grow Artemisia vulgaris, Trifolium pretense, Hyoscyamus niger, Chamaemelum nobile, Datura stramonium, Verbena hastata. I only have a large balcony with a 6x2x3 raised bed and some other large planters. No yard. Do you think the planter could fit maybe two or three of those and then the others in the large planters?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi steph, the blue vervain is frustratingly slow from seed and cold conditions are important–that one could be planted now in the planter or in a pot. the rest would do fine planting in April in your area. I would make the planter work for all of them, triangulating at about 6 inches. r

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    • Aryanne T

      Hi! How long do seeds keep for? I’m brand new to gardening!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      him aryanne, thanks for getting in touch. seeds can be stored in their paper packet in a sealed glass jar in the fridge. most types last for years that way. the blue vervain lasts for decades that way. some seeds are short-lived and need to be planted immediately. packet instructions are specific to the seeds inside and will let you know if the seeds are short-lived. r

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    Hello

    Hi, is the stem of this plant worth using compared to leaves and flowers?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi, actually the stem isn’t that valuable compared to the leaves and flowers. We normally strip the seeds and flowers to make the tincture. I recommend the book “Making Plant Medicine” which indicates all the preferred plant parts for scores of popular species. Richo

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    • Hello

      Thank you for the confirmation and suggestion.

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    • Ashley

      Do I have actually plant for purchase ??

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Ashley, i checked, and the blue vervain is available for purchase. If you buy the plant now, we will deliver in the spring. Plants shipped to USA addresses only. Hope that answers your question. Richo

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    The plant will placate ills, real or imagined.  Once imagined, ills become real, don’t they?  It’s a quirk of the human condition that most of us would like to escape.  Vervain helps you escape.

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    • jerrri Olson (verified owner)

      What do you do to prepare this herb?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Most herbalists will make a tincture of the fresh or dry herb. You can find recipes for this in “Making Plant Medicine.” r

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    • stevemac2667

      I used to think escapism was a terrible idea
      Not so much anymore.
      In these times, a body needs a break from all the disasters and anger

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Keep your faith strong and plant seeds. r

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    • Christina (verified owner)

      Container gardening is my only option on my patio. Can I grow Blue Vervain in containers? If so how many seedlings can I fit in a larger pot?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi christina, the Verbena officinalis would be better for pots because it only gets half as tall. i usually put 3 per pot in that kind of situation. plants seem happy in 3s. r

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    • Matthieu

      Hi there!
      I was wondering if Verbena hastata has been known to hybridize with Verbena officinalis. Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi, it doesn’t. r

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