Vervain, European (Verbena officinalis) seeds, organic
$3.95 – $10.00
Family: Vervain (Verbenaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8
(European Vervain, Herb of the Cross, Prostrate Verbena) Light blue to white flowered herbaceous perennial. Native to Europe and the Mediterranean. The plant tends to make a dense crown that can even become a ground cover in some instances. Eventually gives rise to stems like spires that bear the flowers giving way to a studded patterning of seeds. Traditional usage (TWM): astringent, antispasmodic and fever reducing agent. It is also a druidic altar plant, and is believed to exert a protective energy to the garden, the gardener, and the space all around. Plant prefers sun and moist, well-drained soil. Best to sow outdoors in very early spring, or give 2 weeks of cold, moist refrigeration (mix seed with moist sand, peat or coir in a bag in the fridge), then sow on surface, barely cover with soil, tamp well and keep cool and evenly moist until germ. Space plants 2 feet apart.
Packet contains 50 seeds
1 g contains ~2,000 seeds
Certified Organically Grown
Amy Kousch –
2021 season: Stellar germination, robust and healthy transplants that matured into lovely, magical plants with potent medicine used in tea for hectic, crispy nerved friends and family during these times. with high-fives all around.
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Admin Richo Cech –
I had one of these volunteer in the gravel outside my downtown greenhouse and considered it a good sign. The blessings were palpable. Another one appeared directly on the center axis of the demo garden and grew very large. Nobody planted it there.
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Im wondering what it would take to grow this in Costa Rica? zone 10 and up… Im thinking in a pot.. Is the medicinal value good on the first year?
Richo Cech –
these are woody and drought tolerant and plants like that usually have good tropical affinity
Is there much medicinal difference between Hastada and Officinalis? Would it matter if they were tinctured together ?
Richo Cech –
Hi Barbara, I personally think this is a good idea, a “vervain mix” as it were. They’re both highly respected bitters and febrifuges to their own lineages. Richo
Is this a reasonable easy plant to grow from seed? And is it best started inside or outside? Also, how long until I can expect to be able to harvest some to make medicine? I discovered it helps the back of my head pain as stated in one of Buhner books and so I go thru a lot of this wonderful plant!
Richo Cech –
Hi teddi, realistically, it should take 2 years from seeds to really produce enough leaf for making tea, etc. These volunteer readily, so that indicates outdoor sowing is a reasonable practice. They are easy to sow from seed if you give the cold pretreatment, otherwise very slow to sprout. The plant takes a year to get established. you could get ahead a year by buying plants from us, they are already bulked up. richo