Verbena brasiliensis

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"Brazilian verbena" and "Brazilian vervain" redirect here. See also below for a common misapplication of those names.
Verbena brasiliensis
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Inflorescences with ichneumon wasp pollinator
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Verbena
Species: V. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Verbena brasiliensis

Verbena bonariensis auct. non L.

Verbena brasiliensis, the Brazilian verbena or Brazilian vervain, is a flowering plant species from the vervain family (Verbenaceae). It is native to parts of South America, namely Brazil, but has spread its range in recent times and has occasionally become an invasive weed.

In the past, several botanists have mistakenly applied the scientific name of the purpletop vervain, V. bonariensis, to this species.[1] As a consequence, the common names "Brazilian verbena" and "Brazilian vervain" are sometimes erroneously applied to the purpletop vervain.[2]


  1. ^ USDA (2008)
  2. ^ E.g. USDA (2007)