This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Blue Vervain

On the way out the fairgrounds a week ago I noticed a wildflower that I did not recognize.
My field guide to wildflowers says that it is blue vervain, or Verbena hastata, and it is apparently fairly common.

Below is a closer look at the flower spikes.
The leaves are rather glossy rough.
After I took these pictures I found a much bigger population of this flower in the ditch east of the high school. It is plant the likes water.

1 comment:

Lilymatilda said...

Beautiful. Have you seen the prairie area growing in front of a home on CR 1000 W just south of the river? It is lush and lovely too.