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Bigbract Verbena (Verbena bracteata Cav. ex Lag. & Rodr.)

Also known as Prostrate Vervain.

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Bigbract Verbena
Photo © Bobby McCabe, CC BY 4.0.

Range - Expand

Native or Not Present
Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present
Native or Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This is a low-growing weedy plant that thrives in urban areas, where it grows readily in cracks in asphalt or concrete. It can also be found in drier portions of pastures. Its ability to thrive in anthropogenic habitats has led it to colonize areas far east from its native range. We mark the new portions of the range expanded because it is spreading on its own and shows a clear pattern of expansion across the entire north-south border of its range. It may also be underreported as it is not a plant most people pay attention to.

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Photo © Bobby McCabe, CC BY 4.0.
Photo © Sandy Wolkenberg, CC BY 4.0.