This Great White Cabbage Butterfly fancied these beautiful,
purple Woolly Verbena on Wilson’s Grove near my home in
northeast Iowa. USA


Height: 1-5 feet
Family: Verbenaceae – Vervain Family
Flowering Period: June, July, August, September

Also Called: Hoary vervain

Stems: Erect, stout, 1 to several, simple or branched above, very leafy, velvety hairy.

Leaves: Opposite, simple, mostly sessile, broadly ovate, elliptic, or lanceolate, 1 to 4 inches long, 1/2 to 2 inches wide, densely hairy, conspicuously veined underneath; margins prominently toothed.

Inflorescences: Spikes, narrow, erect, to 12 inches long, terminal.

Flowers: Overlapping; calyces 5-lobed, less than 1/4 inch long, densely hairy, tips sharply pointed; corollas blue to purple, 1/3 inch wide, lobes 5, pubescent outside; stamens 4, in 2 groups.

Fruits: 4 nutlets, covered with tiny bumps, grayish brown, each 1-seeded.

Habitat: Dry soils of pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, farmyards, and waste ground.

Uses: Plains Indians made a tea from the leaves and used it to treat stomachaches. Prairie chickens and small mammals eat the seeds.

Comments: Woolly verbena is very drought-resistant, with roots that can descend to 12 feet. Cattle will not consume it due to its bitter taste so it spreads in overgrazed pastures.


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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago


  • Thanks, Chris!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carterover 1 year ago

    Love the white wings against the purple! :0)

  • Thank you, Michael!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanover 1 year ago

    No wonder it was attracted – beautiful blooms!

  • Thank you so much, Monnie!!

    – lorilee

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Very lovely

  • Thanks, Kala!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanover 1 year ago

    Beautifully done…!

  • Thank you, Jack!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much, Rick!!

    – lorilee

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 1 year ago

    Beautiful close up

  • Thanks, Byron & Julie!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 1 year ago

    beautiful work LoriLee!

  • Thank you very much!!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 1 year ago

    what an enchanting picure!

  • Thank you, Charmiene!! :o)

    – lorilee

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture, Lori!

  • Thank you so much, Marie!!

    – lorilee

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