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Verbena
hastata


Blue Vervain
KingdomPlantae
SubkingdomTracheobionta
PhylumMagnoliophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
SubclassAsteridae
OrderLamiales
FamilyVerbenaceae
GenusVerbena
Specieshastata

Latin verbena, (sacred) foliage. It is the flower spikes, though, that draw attention.



http://plants.usda.gov/cgi_bin/plant_profile.cgi?symbol=VEHA2