Verbena officinalis L.

Common name

English: Herb of the cross

German: Echtes Eisenkraut

Mandarin: 马鞭草 (ma bian cao)

Portuguese: Algebrado


Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Lamiales (158)

        Family: Verbenaceae (12) (family description)

          Genus: Verbena (1)

           Epithet: officinalis L. (12)

Synonym: Verbena adulterina Hausskn.

adulterina => an adulteration, impure, counterfeit, possibly indicating it’s a cross

officinalis => of practical use to man; official species in commerce, especially for medicinal purposes


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: pink, beige, white

External links

Check for Verbena officinalis at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI


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