One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed herbaceous plant with small blue, white, or purple flowers and a long history of use as a magical and medicinal herb.
Verbena officinalis, family Verbenaceae
- ‘In England the Common vervain is found growing by roadsides and in sunny pastures.’
- ‘Purple vervain is one of the few colorful wildflowers.’
- ‘She had her vervain, so vampires couldn't use their Power against her, and she had her pepper spray, in case there was the odd bad human out there.’
- ‘Some of my favourites include vervain, rosemary, lemon balm, skullcap, wild oats and ginseng.’
- ‘I have read that they especially like the seeds of vervain, smart weed and sedges.’
- ‘In Neberaska hoary vervain can flower from May to September, with blue or purple flowers positioned on the top of the main stem and branches.’
- ‘Five plants were thought to have special magical properties on this night: rue, roses, St. John's wort, vervain and trefoil.’
- ‘Among the favorites are asters and daisies, milkweeds, mustards, mints, peas, and vervains.’
- ‘These include the American germander and various species of vervains.’
- ‘Still-warm bread, yoghurt and tangy cherry marinade dressed with vervain appeared in an instant.’
- ‘Herbicide application should be conducted when vervain plants are 3-5 inches tall, usually in early June.’
Late Middle English: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbena (see verbena).
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