Blue Vervain (verbena hastata)
Wonderful, tough, widely adaptable and native to all lower 48 states, Vervain means sacred plant. It is a medicine plant, a nervine used to calm anxiety and assist sleep. The flowers are striking blue (I could not capture the color well on camera) and are excellent for pollinators. Blue vervain is often found in swamps and wetlands, but we have found that it thrives in a rich garden soil.