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Veronicastrum virginicum / culvers root

    Veronicastrum virginicum / culvers root


    Veronicastrum virginicum, commonly known as Culver's root, is a tall and elegant perennial plant that produces stunning flower spikes in summer. Its botanical name is derived from the Latin words "veronica," which means true image, and "virginicum," which refers to the plant's native range in the eastern United States.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 120-200 cm (47-79 inches)
    • Spread: 60-90 cm (24-36 inches)
    • Flower color: White, sometimes with a hint of pink or lavender
    • Flowering period: Mid to late summer (July-August)
    • Foliage: Dark green, lance-shaped leaves arranged in whorls on the stem
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil requirements: Moist, well-drained soil; tolerates a wide range of soil types
    • Hardiness Zone: 3

    Veronicastrum virginicum is a versatile plant that can be used in a variety of garden settings. Its tall stature and striking flowers make it an excellent choice for the back of the border, where it can add height and visual interest. It can also be used as a specimen plant, or planted in groups for a dramatic effect. Culver's root is a great addition to naturalistic or wildflower gardens, as well as cottage or prairie-style gardens.

    Culver's root is a low-maintenance plant that is both drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. It also attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden. In addition to its ornamental value, Veronicastrum virginicum has a long history of medicinal use by Native American tribes and early European settlers. Its roots were used to treat a variety of ailments, including fevers, constipation, and liver problems.

    Companion Plants:

    • Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire' - The delicate, silvery-blue flowers of this Russian sage add a soft, airy quality to the planting bed and complement the slender form of Veronicastrum.
    • Geranium 'Rozanne' - The bright blue flowers of this cranesbill provide a lovely contrast against the soft pink blooms of Veronicastrum.
    • Stachys byzantina 'Helen von Stein' - The soft, fuzzy leaves of this lamb's ear provide a lovely texture contrast against the slender foliage of Veronicastrum.

    Care Instructions:
    Culver's root prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal pruning or deadheading. However, it may need staking to prevent the tall flower spikes from bending or breaking in windy conditions.

    Final Thoughts:
    Veronicastrum virginicum is a stunning plant that adds height and visual interest to any garden. Its striking flower spikes and medicinal properties make it a valuable addition to any landscape. Whether used as a specimen plant or planted in groups, Culver's root is sure to make a statement in your garden.