Two posts down I highlighted three insects that I found in one little flower patch. Today's Flowers post will highlight one of the flowers in that patch. It seems to have several names. Hoary vervain, wooly verbena, also spelled in some places woolly verbena.
I have read that Plains Indians made a tea from the leaves and used it to treat stomachaches. Prairie chickens and small mammals eat the seeds. It is very drought-resistant, with roots that can descend to 12 feet. Cattle will not consume it due to its bitter taste so it spreads in overgrazed pastures.
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