Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Rose Mock-vervain
Verbena canadensis
Family: Verbenaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Sandy or rocky prairies and barrens, roadsides, etc. (Fernald 1970); glades, disturbed soils, edges of bluffs.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid March to mid October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
This species is distinguished from other vervains (Verbena) by its capitate or head-like inflorescence and pinnately dissected leaves. The flowers are purple (reported rarely white) and the corolla is 2-3 cm long and 10-15 mm wide, much larger than other vervains. These plants root at the nodes that come in touch with the ground. It has four nutlets and calyx is twice as long as the fruit.

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion in the habitat for the species or the the slope or bluff above the habitat, will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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