Verbena bonariensis L. - Purpletop Vervain
Family - Verbenaceae
Flowering - April - October.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, waste places, roadsides, old homesites. Escaped from cultivation.
Origin - Native to tropical America.
Other information - This attractive yet weedy species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its tall, hairy, 4-angled stems, thin, scabrous leaves, and capitate clusters of tiny purple flowers. This species is a favorite for butterfly gardeners.
Photographs taken in Athens, GA., 5-29-05.