|It doesn't know it yet, but this detention pond is going to be a meadow.|
|the beautiful, but highly invasive Purple Loosestrife|
Swamp Verbena, or Verbena hastata, is a nice, native perennial that likes, well, swampy areas (if you couldn't tell from the name.) It likes full or partial sun and grows between 2 to 5 feet tall. The sunnier the site, the taller it gets. It is supposed to be a great substitute for invasive species like Purple Loosestrife since it likes similar conditions. (Hurry up, little Verbena! So far the Loosestrife is winning!)
|Swamp Verbena flowers|
|When the little flowers get old, they fall, making little purple piles on the leaves.|
I think by itself Swamp Verbena is kind of a funny-looking plant with all its little candlesticks of flowers, but I'll bet it would look great in a mass at the back of a border...
...or en masse in a meadow!
See other native wildflowers over at the site Clay and Limestone for Wildflower Wednesday.