Vervain: 5 Benefits of a Versatile Herb

Vervain Plant Origin

Vervain is an herb that goes by quite a few other common names including Simpler’s Joy, Enchanter’s Plant, Herb of the Cross, Juno’s Tears, Pigeon’s Grass, Pigeonweed, Herb of Grace, Wild Hyssop, Iron-weed, Wild Verbena, and Indian Hyssop. Vervain’s botanical name is Verbena officinalis, which is often what it’s called in scientific research.


Vervain belongs to the plant family Verbenacea, not to be confused with lemon verbena. Lemon verbena is a completely different plant, but lemon verbena and vervain are in the same plant family. There are also varieties of vervain, including blue vervain (Verbena hastata) and white vervain (Verbena urticifolia).


What does vervain look like? It’s a slender perennial plant with toothed leaves and small, pale lilac-colored flowers on leafless spikes. Where does it grow? Vervain is likely native to Europe, specifically the Mediterranean region, but it has been naturalized to other parts of the world, including North America. (3)