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verbena (n.)

genus of plants, the vervain, 1560s, from Latin verbena "leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies," from PIE *werbh- "to turn, bend" (source also of Lithuanian virbas "twig, branch, scion, rod"), from root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend."

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Definitions of verbena from WordNet

verbena (n.)
any of numerous tropical or subtropical American plants of the genus Verbena grown for their showy spikes of variously colored flowers;
Synonyms: vervain
From wordnet.princeton.edu