Purple prairie verbena, Prairie verbena, Dakota vervain, Dakota mock vervain, moradilla
South California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and most of the Great Plains states
Fields, grassland, scrubland
Up to 2.5 inches long, thick, twice pinnate. Hairy
February to October
The bilaterally symmetric, pale purple/pink flowers of glandularia bipinnatifida have five lobes arranged around a whitish center, resembling some phlox species, but occur as a rounded cluster at the top of quite a tall stalk, up to 18 inches high, though in some areas the plant stays rather closer to the ground. The tip of each lobe has a notch in the center; underneath are five sepals. Leaves and stalk are covered by relatively prominent, whitish hairs, as are the reddish bracts that subtend the flower cluster. Flowers have a long season, as the plant produces new blooms continuously during spring and summer.