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Common name

English: Herb of the cross

German: Echtes Eisenkraut

Mandarin: 马鞭草 (ma bian cao)

Portuguese: Algebrado


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Lamiales (196)

        Family: Verbenaceae (14)(family description)

          Genus: Verbena (2)

            Epithet: officinalis L. (11)

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

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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