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Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata).  Blue Vervain relies on bumblebees as pollinators.  Flowering from July to September, it forms showy candelabra-like spikes along roads and damp thickets.  In ancient times, the plant was thought to be a cure-all among medicinal plants and the genus name is Latin for "sacred plant."

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Photographs by Valerie Lykes