verbena Verbenaceae Lippia alba L. Listen to the Latin symbol: LIPPI Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite or occasionally whorled, simple, evergreen, elliptical, serrated margins, to 1 1/2 inch long; upper surface shiny dark green with sunken veins, lower surface pale pubescent.
Flower: Species is monoecious; flowers purple to white, born on 1 inch spikes.
Fruit: A round or pear-shaped purple drupe borne on long spikes, individual fruits 1/8 inch long.
Twig: Pubescent, purple-brown to gray-brown, 4-angled.
Bark: Gray-brown.
Form: A straggling shrub to 5 feet.

Looks like: desert lavender
leaf flower twig form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Lippia alba is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting verbena.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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