In my last post about the Badlands, this plant appeared in one shot.  I thought it was worth a closer look, so here it is: Wooly Verbena/Vervain.  These 1-4 foot tall wildflowers attract many species of bees and butterflies to the Badlands.  Plains Indians used this plant in their teas to calm stomach problems. The color especially pops in a landscape of tans and browns.

Comments
  1. I always admire how plants adapt to harsh environments and guessing the ‘woolliness’ is to protect from dehydration? Gorgeous colour and striking form.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Definitely worth a closer look. 🙂 I’ve seen drawings of this plant in herb books but never seen a photo of it growing in the wild before. Thanks for sharing.

  3. ksbeth says:

    oh, how pretty. i’ve never seen one of these

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Very pretty. I imagine that they stand out very well.

  5. joey says:

    Pretty! Never seen this variety up close and personal. I have verbena of the light and lithe sort, the butterflies and bees love it, of course!

  6. Leya says:

    It really pops, as you say. Gorgeous colour and beautiful – and useful – plant.

  7. So tall – and what great textures. These do stand out among the grasses

  8. Those are beautiful. Thanks for the closer look!

  9. JT Twissel says:

    Those are pretty tall wildflowers!

  10. restlessjo says:

    It’s lovely, Janet 🙂 🙂

  11. Emilio Pasquale says:

    I know I’ve heard of it. Is it still used as a tea? It’s a real beauty.

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