Verbena tenuisecta Briquet - Moss Verbena, South American Mock Vervain
Family - Verbenaceae
White flowered form.
Flowering - February - October.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.
Origin - Native to South America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found scattered throughout southern Alabama but has rarely been reported in vouchers. The author has found it growing in the counties shown below. The plant can be identified by its finely divided leaves and big blue-purple flowers. The plant has a repent habit with ascending inflorescences.
Photographs taken off Hwy 29, Pike County, MO., 2-26-05.