Want your garden to buzz with bees, butterflies and birds? The Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) will help boost your garden's positive impact on your ecosystem.
The rustic, but bold, blue-lavender flowers are sure to add a bit of romance and elegance to your garden as they sway in the breeze. The Blue Vervain produces dramatic elongated spikes of petite flowers during the late summer which will last for weeks.
These native, biennial flowers are perfect for adding a bit of blue or lavender to a wildflower bouquet or dry them out for a homemade wreath.
Plant a few in your butterfly garden to add variety of color and tasty nectar for your winged guests. And this plant will encourage many species to stop by your garden for a snack or shade. The Blue Vervain appeals to pollinators like epoline cuckoo bees, halictid bees, eucerine miner bees, and the verbena bee (a rare and specialist pollinator). This plant is also a favorite meal for caterpillars of the verbena moth.
Feathered creatures also love this plant! The cardinal, field sparrow, swamp sparrow, and slate-colored junco make a meal of the Blue Vervain's seeds. So, if you're quiet, you can snap some great photos of the butterflies, bees and birds that love this plant!
Be sure to plant it in moist soil for best performance. It prefers full or partial sun and would add height to a field of wildflowers or among other garden flowers. This hardy plant will even add a pop of purple to your ditches, help prevent bank erosion, or stabilize pond edges.
Prune the seed heads to help the Blue Vervain branch out and become bushier. And to help keep the self-seeding under control, you can deadhead the buds once they begin to dry out. This plant is known for its active self-seeding abilities. In some locations, this native plant actually spreads and seeds "too well." But when you order live plants from Nature Hills, you don't have to worry, we use Plant Sentry™ to follow all local, state and federal regulations for plants that can become invasive in your area.
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- Blue-Violet Blooms
- Brings Bees, Butterflies, Birds
- Great for Stabilizing Banks or Wet Areas
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
About Plant Sentry™
Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.
This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.
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|Botanical Name||Verbena hastata|
|Mature Height||3 - 6 feet|
|Mature Spread||18 - 24 inches|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Moisture||Medium to High|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|