Latin: Verbena officinalis L.
Synonyms: Herba sacre, herb of grace, herba veneris.
Wild perennial herb common to roadsides and pastures.
Opposite lobed leaves with serrated border.
Many lilac, pink or white five petalled flowers appear clustered on a stalk.
Parts used: Herb.
Iridoids; verbenin, verbascoside, etc.
Tonic – with wide usage.
Varied usage including as an antidepressant.
Anticonvulsant, and has been used for coughs and cold – currently being explored for its immunomodulatory and antiviral potential.
Generally considered to be of low toxicity.
Name vervain thought to derive from the latin 'herba veneris' referring to its use by priests during sacrificial ceremonies.
Verbena was the traditional name iused by Romans for altar plants.