vernal pool


Blue Vervain

There are no plants in blossom on February 20th.
The earliest date currently listed is Mar 15, and the latest date is Nov 11

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain
Verbena hastata
Grieve says: "used unofficially as a tonic, emetic, expectorant, etc., for scrofula, gravel, and worms." Foster and Duke say: "Uses: American Indians used leaf tea as a 'female tonic'; also for colds, coughs, fevers, bowel complaints, dysentery, stomach cramps, emetic in large doses ... Used similarly by 19th-century physicians." Hutchens lists "Common Names: Wild Hyssop, Simplers Joy, Indian Hyssop." ... "Bodily Influence: Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Emetic, Antiperiodic, Nervine, Tonic, Sudorific, Antispasmodic." ... "It is also an antidote to Poke (Phytolacca decandra)." Beyerl says: "has been used to bless, to protect, and to purify."
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