Origin of verbena
- Latin verbēna sacred foliage wer-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin verbena (“leaves or twigs of olive, myrtle, laurel, or other sacred plants employed in religious ceremonies"), from Proto-Indo-European *werbh (see also Lithuanian virbas (“twig, branch, scion, rod")), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend"). Cognate with Middle Dutch warp, Middle Low German warp, German Warf, Danish varp, Swedish varp.