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Know Your Natives: Texas Vervain

This native, perennial prairie plant provides plentiful pollen and spring nectar to our favorite little pollinating friends.

Wondering what that delicate spike of tiny purple flowers elegantly blowing in the gentle spring breeze is? That, my gardening friends, is an unsung landscape hero — a native and perennial prairie plant that provides plentiful pollen and spring nectar to our favorite little pollinating friends.

Texas vervain (Verbena halei) is in the verbena family along with many other members such as frogfruit, grey vervain, lantana and, my personal favorite, prairie verbena.

Texas vervain looks best intermixed with other sun-loving native prairie plants or planted en masse as desired. Try planting with little bluestem grass, sideoats grama grass, buffalo grass, four-nerve daisy, blackfoot daisy, gayfeather and Wright’s skullcap to create a prairie-inspired flower bed.

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Sarah Galvan
Sarah Galvan
Sarah Galvan has been passionate about gardening since she was a child. She’s an arborist, herbalist, Texas master naturalist, a former SAWS conservation consultant and holds native landscape certification. Galvan worked as a native landscape designer where she focused on supporting native bird and pollinator populations. When she’s not answering gardening questions or working on her biology degree, Galvan enjoys hiking, kayaking, bird and butterfly watching, and competing in plant identification competitions.
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