Verbena officinalis

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Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains alkaloids, bitter principles, glycosides (verbenin), tannins and volatile oil. Vervain is antipyretic, antispasmodic, contraceptive and diuretic; it has been used for headaches, skin infections, dysentery, suppressing appetite, increasing breast milk and as a liver and nerve tonic.

Verbena officinalis,


a genus of plants in the family Verbenaceae.

Verbena bonariensis
called also purple top; suspected of causing sickness and abortion in cattle.
Verbena officinalis
contains a glycoside verbenalin reputed to cause contraction of the uterus and photosensitization. Called also common vervain.
Verbena rigida
thought to cause photosensitization. Called also Verbena venosa, wild verbena.
Verbena tenuisecta
suspected of causing deaths in chickens and photosensitization in sheep. Called also Mayne's pest.
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It is also the time to luxuriate in the colorful wildflower bouquets of chicory, pearly everlasting, cow parsnip, boneset, campion, pickerel weed, blue vervain, water lily, bull thistle, wood lily, meadow sweet, pokeweed, partridge pea, tansy, Indian pipes -- and one of the most beautiful of all -- purple loosestrife.
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Common Vervain, Blue Vervain, Swamp Vervain; Sedge meadows and fen; Infrequent but widespread; C = 3; BSUH 13713.
Blue Vervain contains a number of chemical agents, one of which is verbenalin (a glucoside).