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
- ‘Purple vervain is one of the few colorful wildflowers.’
- ‘These include the American germander and various species of vervains.’
- ‘Five plants were thought to have special magical properties on this night: rue, roses, St. John's wort, vervain and trefoil.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In England the Common vervain is found growing by roadsides and in sunny pastures.’
- ‘Among the favorites are asters and daisies, milkweeds, mustards, mints, peas, and 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.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French verveine, from Latin verbena (see verbena).
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