verbena

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n verbena any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Verbena (Bot) A genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain.☞ Verbena, or vervain, was used by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Druids, in their sacred rites. Brewer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n verbena A genus of plants, type of the order Verbenaceæ and tribe Verbeneæ. It is characterized by flowers sessilein an elongated or flattened spike, and by a dry fruit with four one-seeded nutlets or cells iucluded within an unchanged tubular calyx. There are about SO specie?, mostly American. One, V. officinalis, is widely dispersed over warm and temperate parts of the Old World; another, V. Bonariensis, is naturalized in Africa and Asia; one only, V. supina, is peculiar to the Old World, and occurs in the Mediterranean region from the Canary Islands to western Asia; another, V. macrostachya, is confined to Australia. They are diffuse decumbent or erect summer-flowering herbs (shrubby in a few South American species), commonly villous with unbranched hairs. Their leaves are usually opposite, and incised or dissected; their flowers are sessile, and solitary in the axils of the narrow bracts of a terminal spike. The spikes are compact and thick, or long and slender, sometimes corymbed or panic-led. About 14 species are natives of the United States, mostly weedy and small-flowered; 5 of these occur within the northeastern States, of which the principal are V. hastata, the blue, and V. urticæfolia, the white vervain, tall plants with long panicled or clustered spikes. For V. officinalis, the chief introduced species, see vervain, herb of the cross (under herb), pigeon's-grass, simpler's-joy, and cut under laciniate. Four southwestern species produce large showy pink or purplish flower-clusters, which elongate into spikes in fruit; among these V. bipinnatifida (V. montana) and V. Aubletia are sometimes cultivated. The latter is a creeping and spreading perennial with incised leaves, parent of many garden hybrids; it occurs in open places from Florida to Illinois, Arkansas, and Mexico, in nature with rosecolored, purple, or lilac flowers. The numerous cultivated verbenas, very popular in the United States from their brilliant and continuous bloom and from their growth in masses, are largely de-rived from the South American species V. chamædrifolia, V. phlogifolia, V. teucrioides, and V. crinoides, in nature respectively scarlet, rose-colored, white, and lilac-purple. In cultivation they include all colors except yellow and pure blue; many are striped; and the best have a distinct eye, or bright central spot. Several species are also very fragrant, especially V. teucrioides. V. venosa is more often cultivated in England.
    • n verbena [lowercase] A plant of this genus
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Verbena ver-bē′na a genus of plants of natural order Verbenaceæ, cultivated for their fragrance or beauty: vervain
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Vervain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. verbenæ, leaves, twigs, &c.

Usage

In literature:

He reached the garden, and crossed the lawn to the sunny verbena bed.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
Again in the Verbena and Salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
The true verbena oil or French verveine is, however, occasionally met with.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
Fresh "verbenae" were placed upon the altars every day.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
She has a garden of her own now, and aspires to rival the pansies and verbenas of Mr Stirling, even.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Some verbenas raised by Mr. Wills offer a curious illustration of this condition.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
With cut number one he had shaved off the top of a fine verbena.
"Hollowdell Grange" by George Manville Fenn
The good old Verbena is another very desirable plant for a low bed.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
She was very proud of one little pink-and-white verbena which somebody had given her.
"An Arrow in a Sunbeam" by Various
That of the green-veined white is described as resembling the agreeable odour of the lemon verbena.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
This was possibly the verbena, well known in folk-medicine as vervain, and much used in the Middle Ages.
"Of Six Mediæval Women" by Alice Kemp-Welch
NEW PRIMROSE VERBENA, yellow, a sterling novelty.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Smell the verbena and thyme from the San gardens?
"Leerie" by Ruth Sawyer
Beatrice glanced through the open window to the bed of verbenas, over which hovered a large butterfly.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison
On the fourth day she arose, went to the window, gazed disgustedly out over the tawdry villas of Verbena Inlet, then rang for her maid.
"Quick Action" by Robert W. Chambers
Handy's maid, was running up stairs to sprinkle some verbena perfume on Mr.
"Quodlibet" by John P. Kennedy
Verbena urticaefolia L. Vervain family.
"Texas Honey Plants" by C. E. Sanborn
She had paused on the path, to pick a sprig of verbena; and she gently crushed a thin leaf, and inhaled its perfume.
"Mrs. Thompson" by William Babington Maxwell
Was the perfume verbena or scented geranium, and had the card any special significance?
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux
Its leaves are almost as fragrant as are those of our lemon verbena.
"Industrial Cuba" by Robert P. Porter
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In poetry:

There once was a happy Hyena
Who played on an old concertina.
He dressed very well,
And in his lapel
He carelessly stuck a verbena.
"The Happy Hyena" by Carolyn Wells
Verbenas, dahlias, asters, scarlet cannas
Like torches flaming tall;
(Methought the fair, old face, enframed in silver,
The sweetest flower of all!)
"Afterbloom" by Leigh Gordon Giltner
And now.... It can not be! and yet
To feel 'tis so!--In heart and brain
To know 'tis so!--while warm and wet
I seem to smell those scents again,
Verbena-scents and rain.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein
And these bright flowers I love so well,
Verbena, rose and sweet bluebell,
Must droop and die away.
Those thick green leaves with all their shade
And rustling music, they must fade
And every one decay.
"Lines Written at Thorp Green" by Anne Bronte

In news:

Elderly Verbena man dies in Chilton County car crash.
An elderly Verbena man died and three others were injured in a crash in Chilton County.
One person was killed in a wreck near Verbena on Thursday.
Vernon Evans, 80, of Verbena was killed in a wreck Thursday at the intersection of Chilton County Road 59 and Highway 22, eight miles south of Clanton.
The top six students who raised the most money for the Verbena playground pose after being crowned.
Verbena High School reading coach Sue Ellen Gilliland reminded a group of elementary students from the Verbena Annex on Oct 26 that hard work, dedication, cooperation and generosity are the keys to succeed.
State Rep Kurt Wallace and Sen Cam Ward contributed state funds toward a fence around Verbena 's physical education area.
Verbena School has received help from many different people in its effort to spruce up its outdoor physical education area.
Lemon Verbena Glass & Surface Cleaner.
Verbena 'Lanai Candy Cane' Is A Medal Of Excellence Nominee.
Big, bright and beautiful verbena is a great easy-to-care-for addition to your yard or patio.
Verbenas can be stored in a cooler down to 38 degrees F (5 degrees C) for up to 24 hours.
The case surrounding a 2009 murder in Verbena took a significant step toward conclusion.
Prairie verbena is another one of our beautiful native wildflowers that you'll see along the roadsides and fields.
This is a great verbena cultivar.
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