STACHYTARPHETA CAYENNENSIS - VERBENA.
Stachytarpheta indica, Marginata, verbena jamaicensis, stachytarpheta jamaicensis, stachytarpheta villosa.
Verbena, blue snakeweed, Brazilian tea, gervao, verbena azul, Cayenne snakeweed, blue porter weed, auoiuoi, yulong.
Verbenaceae (Verbena family).
Verbena is a small weedy perennial herb growing up to no more than 3' high.
It has tiny purple flowers along a curled spike and a variable hair grow.
Blue porter weed attracts bees and butterflies.
Verbena, or gervao, has spasmogenic and vasodilator activity; also anthelmintic and lavacidal properties.
The plant is believed to be an emmenagogue (to stimulate menstruation)
Suriname's traditional medicine
The whole plant of verbena is used as a tea against bronchitis and also against gonorrhea.
The leaves are used as a styptic, a diuretic and a vermifuge.
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USDA zone 9 B - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / partial shade, grows on moist sandy loam.
In the cooler zones, it can be kept as an annual.