Glandularia gooddingii (Briq.) Solbrig
Verbena arizonica Briq.
Verbena gooddingii Briq.
Verbena gooddingii Briq. var. nepetifolia Tidestr.
Verbena verna A. Nelson
Verbena verna A. Nelson var. fissa A. Nelson
Southwestern Mock Vervain, Goodding’s Verbena
Southwestern mock vervain is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It prefers sandy or rocky habitats, such as dry sandy slopes, mesas, canyons, or roadsides, at elevations of 2100-5100' (640-1554 m).
Plants: Several hairy, erect or decumbent stems 4-18" (10-45 cm) long emerge from a common base. Stems are square in cross-section. The species often forms low mats.
Leaves: Hairy, opposite, ⅜-1½" (1-4 cm), divided into 3 to 5 lobed, toothed leaflets.
Flowers: Rounded blooms contain many flowers. Buds are dark purple, while flowers are pink-purple and aging flowers turn blue. Each flower is tubular, with five notched petals, and is up to ½" (1.4 cm) long. Flowers appear from April to June, sometimes over a longer period, depending upon moisture.
Fruits: Nutlets are gray to brown, ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-3 mm) in size, 5-toothed and 5-ribbed, each containing a single seed.
Glandularia gooddingii at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Glandularia gooddingii on www.americansouthwest.net
Glandularia gooddingii at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Glandularia gooddingii on Wikimedia Commons (photos)
Glandularia gooddingii from the Jepson Manual
Glandularia gooddingii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 8b-10: