Vervain, European (Verbena officinalis) seeds, organic

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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

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  1. Amy Kousch

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    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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    Richo Cech

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     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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    • Barbara

      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?

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      Richo Cech

      these are woody and drought tolerant and plants like that usually have good tropical affinity

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      Barbara

      Is there much medicinal difference between Hastada and Officinalis? Would it matter if they were tinctured together ?

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      Richo Cech

      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

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    • teddi

      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!

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    • Richo Cech

      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

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