Other Names: Common Vervain and Wild Hyssop
Plant Family: Vervain, Verbenaceae
Wetland Indicator Status: FACW
Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) is another one of those wetland plants that makes a nice addition to a shoreland restoration, rain garden, or other wet spots on your property. The stems rise out of the snow as if in defiance of winter and a reminder that summer will come again. Blue Vervain is a common wetland plant, and once saw a wet meadow with so much Blue Vervain in bloom that the wetland appeared blue from a distance. Blue Vervain can be purchased in extract and dried form to “promote overall health and wellness” and boost the immune system, but it makes me feel better to see it growing wild in a marsh.