Glandularia canadensis (L.) Nutt. - Moss Vervain
Family - Verbeaceae
Flowering - February - June. Often again in the fall.
Habitat - Sandhills, roadsides, waste ground, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama and is probably more common than reported. The plant can be identified by its pubescent stems (which are typically decumbent), pinnately-lobed, opposite leaves, and its big spikes of large flowers. The flowers range from white to pink to deep purple. The calices are glandular pubescent. This species grows well from seed and makes an excellent no-care garden specimen.
Photographs taken off Hwy 263, Butler County, AL., 3-18-06.