- any of various plants of the genus Verbena, especially any of several hybrid species cultivated for their showy flower clusters.Compare verbena family.
- any of various other plants, as the lemon verbena or sand verbena.
Origin of verbena
Examples from the Web for verbena
Again in the Verbena and Salvia, we have scarlet and blue, but no yellow.Your Plants
The smell of blood delighted him more than frankincense or verbena.The Days of Chivalry
Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
This he would eat as he lay in a hot bath full of verbena salts.Up and Down
Edward Frederic Benson
The garden was all ablaze with geranium and verbena, heliotrope and larkspur.Hildegarde's Home
Laura E. Richards
Robert took out a little sprig of verbena, which he gave to Dorothea.Old Kensington
- any plant of the verbenaceous genus Verbena, chiefly of tropical and temperate America, having red, white, or purple fragrant flowers: much cultivated as garden plantsSee also vervain
- any of various similar or related plants, esp the lemon verbena
Word Origin and History for verbena
genus of plants, the vervain, 1560s, from Latin verbena "leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies," from PIE *werbh- (cf. Lithuanian virbas "twig, branch, scion, rod"), from root *werb- "to turn, bend" (see warp (v.)).