|Scientific Name||Verbena canescens||USDA PLANTS Symbol||VECA5|
|Common Name||Gray Vervain||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||32089|
|Family||Verbenaceae (Verbena)||Wildflower Center Ref.||Click Here|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, rocky, sandy or clay soils on hillsides, ravines, fields and pastures.
Plant: Erect to widely spreading hairy perennial with one or a few stems branching from base and above; often clump-forming; 6 to 18 inches tall.
Leaves: Opposite, oblong-lanceolate, sessile; margins coarsely dentate or slightly pinnatifid; leaf surfaces hairy, veined beneath.
Inflorescence: Small, violet flowers in slender elongated spikes; each flower subtended by a small ovate-triangular bract, may be longer than the calyx; 5-toothed calyx 1/8 to 3/16-inch long; blue to violet tubular corolla about 1/4-inch across with 5 united flaring petals (salverform) with tube slightly longer than the calyx.
Bloom Period April to October.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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